Emmy winners throw jabs at Trump, Spicer
wheels into spotlight
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[September 18, 2017]
By Piya Sinha-Roy and Lisa Richwine
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Emmy awards
show was peppered with political jokes and pointed speeches on Sunday,
as host Stephen Colbert took shots at U.S. President Donald Trump, Sean
Spicer made a surprise appearance and Trump won an Emmy - sort of.
Alec Baldwin, who won a comedy supporting actor Emmy for parodying Trump
on NBC's sketch series "Saturday Night Live," accepted his award on
stage and said, "I suppose I should say, at long last Mr. President,
here is your Emmy."
Trump's lack of an Emmy win during his long-running stint hosting NBC's
"The Apprentice" and "The Celebrity Apprentice" has been a sore spot for
the now president, who has bemoaned not winning in previous years.
Colbert opened Sunday's Emmys ceremony with a musical number that
touched on climate change, news media and included Julia Louis-Dreyfus,
dressed as her foul-mouthed fictitious president Selina Meyer from
"Veep," singing "Imagine if your president was not beloved by Nazis."
Colbert later poked fun at Trump, calling him "the biggest TV star of
the last year," and criticizing the television academy for not
previously giving Trump an Emmy award.
"Why didn't you give him an Emmy? If he had won an Emmy, I bet he
wouldn't have run for president," Colbert quipped.
Many of the stars taking the Emmys stage on Sunday also threw jabs at
Donald Glover, who won two Emmys including best comedy actor for his FX
show "Atlanta," joked on stage, "I want to thank Trump for making black
people number one on the most oppressed list, he's the reason I'm up
here I think."
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Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks. REUTERS/Mario
Louis-Dreyfus, who won best comedy actress for a record sixth time
for her role as Meyer on "Veep," said of the upcoming season, "We
did have whole storyline about an impeachment, but we abandoned that
because we were worried that someone else might get to it first."
Former White House press secretary Spicer walked onto the Emmy stage
wheeling a podium and stunning the star-studded audience, including
Melissa McCarthy, who won a guest actress Emmy for portraying him on
NBC's "Saturday Night Live."
"This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period, both
in person and around the world," Spicer said while pointing his
finger at Colbert.
"Wow, that really soothes my fragile ego," the host deadpanned,
before pointing at Spicer and saying, "Melissa McCarthy everyone,
give it up," as Spicer laughed and shook his head.
Spicer burst onto the public stage in January as Trumpís first press
secretary, with a scolding rant against reporters accusing them of
lowballing the size of the Inauguration Day crowd. He left the White
House this summer, sparking a flurry of speculation as to his next
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy and Lisa Richwine; Editing by Mary
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