Image Credit: Mathieu Young/FoxAw hell no, Emmy. Just one year ago, I gave you a slight slap on the wrist for neglecting to nominate Cat Deeley — the enthusiastic, gorgeous, dedicated host of So You Think You Can Dance — for Outstanding Reality Show Host. And now, today, I’m feeling the worst kind of déjà vu — and thinking maybe this time around you need a swift kick in the a–. Because, once again, you’ve somehow forgotten all about the statuesque presenter, instead opting to give another shot at the trophy to the likes of Ryan Seacrest and Heidi Klum. Really, Emmy? Seacrest and Heidi? Over Cat? Did you see Seacrest try to persuade Didi Benami to play the dead-friend card on the latest season of Idol after she sang “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted”?
I suppose the reason Cat’s snub stings even harder this year is that it comes one day after the host had one of her shining-est moments ever — justly (and quite bravely) standing up to the judges (including boss Nigel Lythgoe) after they bestowed a critique on AdéChiké that clashed with their praise for the overrated Jose. Seriously, the moment was so choice, it gave me Cat Deeley chills. We’re talking about a woman who is not only a consummate professional (any fan of the reality series will tell you that Deeley is 100 percent checked in to every single episode) but a consummate pal — the woman even invites all her SYTYCD contestants to her July 4th barbecue each year! Anyhow, Emmy powers-that-be, please keep last night’s episode in mind when you’re making decisions for the 2011 nominations, okay? Because I might be proficient in the martial arts by then, and I might just have to break some bones, okay?
As Slezak said while we were expressing our rage today over this news, “Cat should not only have been nominated this year, but she should be the front-runner to win.” Can I get a “hear, hear!”? Emmy might have snubbed you, Cat, but let us devoted fans be the real jidges of talent this year. See you at the EWwys!