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Hugh Downer: Why Emmys Didn't Make a House Call

Hugh Laurie as Emmys host? Pinch me. Alas, it wasn't meant to be, though TV's crankiest doc made the short list. A source tells the awards-show mecca GoldDerby.com that Laurie actually was several Fox execs' early No. 1 choice to emcee the kudos-cast, and that a standoff between the House star's supporters and those who instead wanted Ryan Seacrest is what delayed the reveal of the host choice. In the end, the powers-that-be believed A) Idol's frontman would bring in a larger audience, and B) Laurie as congenial host might be jarring to us stupid, stupid TV fans who cannot separate fiction from reality.

Matt Mitovich
Hugh Laurie as Emmys host? Pinch me. Alas, it wasn't meant to be, though TV's crankiest doc made the short list. A source tells the awards-show mecca GoldDerby.com that Laurie actually was several Fox execs' early No. 1 choice to emcee the kudos-cast, and that a standoff between the House star's supporters and those who instead wanted Ryan Seacrest is what delayed the reveal of the host choice. In the end, the powers-that-be believed A) Idol's frontman would bring in a larger audience, and B) Laurie as congenial host might be jarring to us stupid, stupid TV fans who cannot separate fiction from reality.