The Amazing Race: Phil's No Longer "The Orphan In The Production"

Being a fan of The Amazing Race, I'm quite happy to hear that Phil Keoghan finally got an Emmy nomination. Never mind that he's always gone up the stage to receive those Emmys for his show, which has forever swiped the Best Reality Competition Series award since it was born. Consider that, when the Best Reality Host category was introduced, he wasn't there, which was a surprise.

Well, perhaps you can also argue that Survivor's Jeff Probst needed the honor, too, having arguably been the face to the genre's revolution. And, at least, Phil now has that nomination, too.

Which, as it turns out, isn't much of a big deal for Phil. When he was told that he snagged the nomination, he was scraping the walls of his garage preparing for a home renovation. In his underwear. Well, no bad sight there, since we've seen him do that in The Amazing Race's last season, in frigid Russia...

"I missed out and felt like the orphan in the production," he recalled when the category was first introduced last year. But he's got a silver lining: at least he didn't get to host the Emmys.

Of course, last year's Emmys was widely considered as a flop. Well, not the show itself, but the attempt to make all five Best Reality Host nominees host the show, which is admittedly a pretty painful thing to watch; all its attempts at being full of banter ended up looking contrived. Phil couldn't explain why that was the case, but he's pretty happy not to be there last year.

"I was relieved that I wasn't up there, to be honest with you, because I don't think it worked out as well as anybody wanted," he said.

Some of those hosts are returning for another stab at the awards: his fellow nominees include American Idol's Ryan Seacrest, Dancing with the Stars' Tom Bergeron, Project Runway's Heidi Klum, Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, and of course, Jeff. Phil's glad to be with such company. "I feel honored to be part of the group," he said. "Obviously it's a lot better to be part of it than not, you know. I could be home still scraping my wall, right? In my underpants."

Yeah, that's what I meant. And at least he doesn't have to make a fool of himself on stage. That's Neil Patrick Harris' job. And he won't look like a fool, too, so...

Maybe that bit about the underwear was hypothetical.

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