Ryan Seacrest, Heidi Klum, Tom Bergeron, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst | 2008

The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards show was a historical disaster, yielding the show's lowest-ever ratings (an unmemorable 3.8) after a performance that landed solidly in the realm of "let's pretend this never happened." As we shook our heads to forget what we just witnessed, Los Angeles Times critic Mary McNamara wrote that "[t]he show never quite recovered from its unforgivably bad opener, or its less-than-useless hosts." Producers learned their lesson next year: Get Neil Patrick Harris to do the job five reality TV show hosts couldn't.
Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times
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