Chris Harrison

I'm very excited it's Emmy week, but I do have to admit I have a little hitch in my giddy-up (sorry for the Texas slang). Sunday, I took part in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, so as long as I don't have to run up the red carpet this week I'm good. A quick thanks to all my friends on team Disney and a big thanks to all those that raised money for Children's Hospital. This has become one of my favorite events of the year and I'm already looking forward to next year.

Now it's time to get to work on the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards. I can't tell you how happy I am to not only be hosting the red carpet for TV Guide Network, but to be co-hosting it with my friend Carrie Ann Inaba. She is a great talent and an even better person. We're going to make a great team, and I think the fact that we've been friends for over five years will only help with our chemistry on the show. We both share the same beliefs of how we want our show to look and feel. We both agree that the red carpet show isn't about us. It's about the stars of your favorite shows and it's our job to ask them the questions you'd like to ask and to show a side of these celebs you don't often get to see.

We have an extremely busy week as we prepare to host the red carpet for the first time together. Monday, after I wrap up my hosting duties on Hollywood 411, Carrie Ann and I will spend the better part of the day in meetings and rehearsals. It's important that we're not only on the same page but that we're in step with our crew as well so the show comes off as smoothly as possible. Live TV is my true passion. I absolutely love it. As much as you plan and rehearse, you can never really predict what will happen during a live television broadcast. All you can do as a host is prepare the best you can and then roll with the punches on game day. I mean who can really predict what Tina Fey, Steve Carrell or Rainn Wilson will throw your way?

We're just getting started this Emmy week. Carrie Ann and I will be blogging all week right here on TVGuide.com. It will be fun to walk through our first red carpet experience with you. You can also reach me with your thoughts and questions on Twitter @chrisbharrison or on my Facebook® page. I'll be back to blog at you Wednesday.

Chris Harrison and Carrie Ann Inaba host TV Guide Network's live red carpet coverage of the 61st Primetime Emmy® Awards, beginning Sunday, September 20th at 6/5c.

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