Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 68th Emmy Awards, and after using a dragon from Game of Thrones to burn Ryan Seacrest in the opening, he continued to roast other celebrities in attendance. Kimmel opened the show by getting something out of the way. He gave an Emmy to Jeffrey Tambor, saying, “That saved us 22 minutes.”
He then turned his attention to Sarah Paulson and the cast of People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Kimmel joked, “And the winner of tonight’s plus-one contest: Sarah Paulson, who played Marcia Clark and brought Marcia Clark with her tonight. Because everyone in L.A. knows if you want to win, sit next to Marcia Clark.”
The Emmys avoided scrutiny over diversity, an issue that landed in the spotlight during the #oscarssowhite controversy last year, and Kimmel was more than happy to mention it. He said, “Fortunately, for everyone in this room, there are more shows and more roles than ever before and more diversity than ever before. … Here in Hollywood, the only thing we value more than diversity is congratulating ourselves on how much we value diversity.”
Kimmel then went on to blame Mark Burnett, the executive producer of The Apprentice, for Donald Trump’s rise in popularity. He said, “I’m going on the record, he’s responsible if Donald Trump gets elected. And if he builds that wall, the first person we’re throwing over it is Mark Burnett.”
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