Hugh Laurie by Andrew Macpherson/Fox
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.