How Reality Hosts from Carson Daly to Padma Lakshmi Roll With Format Changes

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How Reality Hosts from Carson Daly to Padma Lakshmi Roll With Format Changes
As TV’s flagship reality shows grow up and evolve — and, in many cases, face down the production changes imposed by Covid — their hosts do, too. And this year set a surprising benchmark for ingenuity among the talent in the hunt for the reality host Emmy.

To wit: With in-person taping suspended for the time being, RuPaul hosted a reunion and finale for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” entirely remotely, shepherding conversation among the show’s contestants as well as leading a lip-sync competition among the finalists, each performing from their respective living rooms. Jeff Probst of “Survivor” similarly engaged his show’s castaways over remote technology, as did Ryan Seacrest of “American Idol” and Carson Daly of “The Voice.”

Daly relocated to California full time from New York City; after that, he and the production had to figure out “how do we do it better than anybody else out there.”

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