It wasn’t long before Stephen Colbert — the host of the 2017 Emmys — used his opening monologue to take aim at President Donald Trump on Sunday, Sept. 17. The Late Show star, 54, went in on the business mogul-turned-politician, 71, and teased him for never winning an Emmy for his reality series, Celebrity Apprentice — which he was eventually fired from for making offensive remarks about Mexican immigrants.
“Even during the campaign, Trump did not let it go. This actually happened. This exchange actually happened in the debates,” Stephen, 53, said before cutting to a clip of Donald and his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, talking about the issue during one of their presidential debates.
“There was even a time when he didn’t get an Emmy for his TV program three years in a row and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged,” Hillary, 69, said at the time, to which Donald fired back, “I should have gotten it!”
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After the clip played, the camera panned to several members of the Emmys’ star-studded audience, including Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland, who couldn’t stop laughing. Added Stephen, “But he didn’t [win]. Because unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote.” As previously reported, Hillary won the popular vote while Donald swept electoral college votes, which have more weight when it comes to selecting the nation’s next POTUS.
“Of course, what really matters to Donald Trump is ratings. You’ve gotta have the big numbers, and I certainly hope that we achieve that tonight,” Stephen continued. “Unfortunately, at this point, we have no way or knowing how big our audience is. I mean, is there anyone who can say how big the audience is?”
That’s when Stephen asked, “Sean, do you know?” Obviously, he was referring to Sean Spicer, Donald’s former White House Press Secretary who infamously asserted that the ex-reality star’s inauguration crowd size broke records despite having no significant evidence to back up his claim. To everyone’s shock — especially Melissa McCarthy, who played Sean on the last season of Saturday Night Live — the 45-year-old came out to poke fun at himself.
“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys. Period! Both in person and around the world,” Sean jokingly said, to which Stephen responded, “Wow, that really soothes my fragile ego. I can understand why you want one of these guys around. Melissa McCarthy, everybody — give it up!”
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