Trump gets skewered, Clinton finds
support at TV's Emmy awards
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[September 19, 2016]
By Piya Sinha-Roy
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the U.S.
presidential election draws near, television's stars didn't hold back on
their opinions at Sunday's Emmy awards, some taking jabs at Republican
nominee Donald Trump while others voiced support for Democratic hopeful
During his opening monologue, Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel called out producer
Mark Burnett, the producer of reality series "The Apprentice" and
"Celebrity Apprentice" which Donald Trump hosted, saying "who is to
blame for the Trump phenomenon? That guy."
"If Donald Trump gets elected and he builds that wall, the first person
we are throwing over it is Mark Burnett," Kimmel said, setting the
political tone of the show 50 days before America elects its next
Burnett, who later accepted the best reality series Emmy for "The
Voice," joked on stage that he had just received a call from Clinton
criticizing Kimmel for giving Trump "free publicity on ABC."
"I'm sure Donald was thrilled with him, I'm sure he's emailing Jimmy
right now saying thanks for the free media," Burnett told reporters
Trump, known for his rapid-fire responses on Twitter, had nothing to say
about the Emmys on Sunday night.
After winning best comedy actress for a fifth consecutive time for HBO's
"Veep," Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays flawed U.S. president Selina
Meyer on the show, said "I want to personally apologize for the current
"I think that 'Veep' has torn down the wall between comedy and politics;
our show started out as a political satire but it now feels like a
sobering documentary," she said on stage.
"Master of None" star Aziz Ansari, who penned an essay in June for the
New York Times entitled "Why Trump Makes Me Scared for My Family,"
quipped on stage, "I've decided I'm going with Trump."
"I'm recommending that we get rid of all Muslim and Mexican people from
the ceremony. This would be so much easier at the Oscars," the Muslim
Indian-American actor joked, hinting at the controversy over the lack of
diversity at film's Oscar awards.
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Host Jimmy Kimmel closes the show at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards
in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 18, 2016. REUTERS/Mike
"Mum, dad, you need to be escorted out immediately," he added.
Backstage, "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway, who won best
directing for a comedy series, criticized Trump for "other-izing
"He blames Muslims and Mexicans for problems ... This is other-izing
with a capital O. He needs to be called out every chance we get for
being one of most dangerous monsters to ever approach our
lifetimes," Soloway said.
"Saturday Night Live" star Kate McKinnon won best supporting comedy
actress and thanked Clinton, one of the people she plays on the NBC
sketch series, and got a loud cheer from the crowd.
In response, Clinton tweeted "Congratulations on your Emmy, Kate!
Big fan of yours, too," with a photo of McKinnon in character as
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Mary Milliken)
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