Padma’s Special Style of Television Hosting Is Recognized by the Academy

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This should silence any jokes about Padma Lakshmis glassy-eyed delivery on Top Chef: Yesterday she was nominated for an Emmy, along with Tom Colicchio, for Outstanding Host for a Reality Competition Program. (Marco Pierre White, Ted Allen, and Gordon Ramsay were snubbed!) Top Chef was also nominated for Outstanding Reality Competition Program, as well as a few other awards that somehow dont include the Outstanding Integration of Diet Soda Products Into a Reality Competition Program. Padma will be up against Heidi Klum, among others, which means a Zoolander-style walk off may be in order.

61st Primetime Emmy Awards [Academy of Television Arts & Sciences via Vulture]