‘SNL’ Emmy Guest Host Ballot Is All Male: Where’s Taraji P. Henson, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz?

All nine contenders for consideration are men despite hosting turns by Sarah Silverman, Scarlett Johansson and Amy Adams this past season

“Saturday Night Live,” which was under attack in recent years for its lack of racial diversity — is now under scrutiny for its meager support of female guest hosts.

Emmy voting opened on Monday morning and it didn’t take long for observers to note that, of the nine “SNL” hosts submitted for consideration for Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress in a Comedy Series, all are men despite strong performances from female hosts during the show’s 40th season.

Seven of the 21 hosts of the NBC variety show’s 2014-15 season were women — many of them Oscar or Emmy winners themselves — but none made the cut as the official race for the Emmys kicked off.

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Female hosts left off the list for the 2015 Primetime Emmy Awards include Taraji P. Henson, Amy Adams, Dakota Johnson, Cameron DiazScarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Silverman.

Meanwhile, the men up for consideration include: Louis C.K., Jim Carrey, Bill Hader, Woody Harrelson, Kevin Hart, Chris Hemsworth, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Chris Rock and J.K. Simmons.

Shows can submit for Emmy consideration on behalf of talent, and talent can also submit on their own by paying a $200 fee. It’s not clear how the list of nine was determined — “SNL” obviously did not submit any of the female hosts, but it’s also possible that they didn’t submit any of the male hosts either. All nine submissions could have come from the male hosts’ reps.

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It would be awfully curious, however, that out of 21 hosts only the men decided to submit themselves.

NBC representatives for “SNL” have not yet responded to TheWrap‘s request for comment.

The Comedy Guest Actress category started allowing variety contenders in 2009 and since then “SNL” has had at least one nomination each year, including wins for Tina Fey and Betty White.

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Two years ago “SNL” came under fire for its lack of black female cast members. Jay Pharoah called attention to the insufficiency, and the issue picked up steam after fellow cast member Kenan Thompson suggested that no such comedians were qualified. The show itself addressed the issue in one of its opening skits, when host Kerry Washington was called upon to play a variety of black women, including Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce.

The sketch was a not-so-subtle reference to the fact that “Saturday Night Live” hadn’t cast a black female performer since Maya Rudolph left the show in 2007.

Perhaps in response to the outcry, the show hired three new African American women in early 2014 — cast member Sasheer Zamata and writers LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, who was later elevated to cast member.

'SNL's' Greatest Hosts: Beloved Tina Fey, Game-Changing Justin Timberlake, Classic Richard Pryor (Photos)

  • TOM HANKS
    While the title "America's Sweetheart" is usually reserved for women, Hanks fits the bill to a tee. His willingness to mock his own film work went a long way in introducing us to this actor's actor. 

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  • DREW BARRYMORE
    Her effervescence, commitment and life before the camera made her so game for whatever "SNL" threw her way.

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  • JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
    JT isn't only the rare host/musical guest combo, he's also in the Five Timers club. Timberlake can also be credited with the SNL digital revolution, starring in beloved viral clips like "D*ck in a Box" with Andy Samberg.

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  • JON HAMM
    Despite his movie star looks, Hamm is as big a comedy nerd as natives like Tina Fey and Fred Armisen. His 30 Rockefeller Plaza legacy earns him a spot here. 

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  • TINA FEY
    Head writer, "Weekend Update" anchor and game-changing Sarah Palin impersonator Fey is arguably "SNL's" finest ambassador and a killer host to boot.  

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  • JOHN GOODMAN
    He has consistently delighted with his ability to play larger-than-life comedy alongside his archetype of blue collar straight man. His Linda Tripp impersonation is one for the record books. 

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  • RICHARD PRYOR
    He isn't just a stand-up legend, he was a boundary-distending host with sketches like "Word Association."

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  • BEHIND THE MUSIC
    "More cow bell." No further explanation required. 

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  • KERRY WASHINGTON
    K-Dub is an actor's actor, a primetime darling and a general class act. But her recent turn as host showed us her playful, topical side with sketches like, "What Does My Girl Say?"

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  • ANNA KENDRICK
    Kendrick is a triple-threat charmer whose "SNL" gig further propelled her into our hearts.

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  • ANDREW GARFIELD
    Previously, he seemed to have two speeds: indie brooding and Peter Parker. His turn as host showed a sense of awareness, a bit of cynicism and brought us the Beyonce gem, "The Beygency."

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  • ALEC BALDWIN
    His damped-down anger, Broadway showmanship and movie star silliness make Baldwin a pillar of the show. "Schweddy Balls" and "Canteen Boy" are easy milestones. 

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  • STEVE MARTIN
    You don't host "SNL" 15 times without good reason. Martin is an American treasure, largely for the memorable characters he forged at 30 Rock. 

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  • JERRY SEINFELD
    Despite his eponymous TV show, Seinfeld diversified plenty -- to much satisfaction -- under the gaze of Lorne Michaels.

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  • CANDICE BERGEN
    A five-timer and a glass ceiling buster, her mix of edge and high-brow mannerisms made Bergen unforgettable in sketches like "Toonces The Driving Cat." 

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  • JIM CARREY
    While he forged his career on a different sketch show, Carey's rubber face and likability couldn't be contained. Especially when spoofing Matthew McConaughey's Lincoln commercials. 

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  • BETTY WHITE
    She can do no wrong. You think we'd leave her on the cutting room floor? 

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  • CHEVY CHASE
    He's as much a part of the DNA of "Saturday Night Live" as cue cards, audience plants and the very building it broadcasts from.

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  • EMMA STONE
    She can play goofy, sexy and downright weird. Check out "Bridal Shower" for her underrated, amazing sketch as a strange woman who brings her coworker some inappropriate gifts on the eve of her wedding.

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  • SHIA LABEOUF
    He might not get a break in the press, but Shia's been an exemplary host with the help of scene partners like Maya Rudolph.

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  • BRUNO MARS
    Mars proved himself more than a crooner with acting chops and charm outside the arena of the music video. 

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  • BEN AFFLECK
    He went through hell -- and "Gigli" -- to cement his status as Great American Movie Star. His "SNL" gigs have delivered and contributed to his triumphant return to the A-list.

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TheWrap selects the most charismatic, crowd-pleasing and historic guest hosts in the NBC sketch show’s history

TOM HANKS
While the title "America's Sweetheart" is usually reserved for women, Hanks fits the bill to a tee. His willingness to mock his own film work went a long way in introducing us to this actor's actor. 

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