Seth Rogen announced the first award of the night at the 2021 Emmy Awards, and immediately called the show out for seemingly not abiding by the COVID health and safety protocols it had promised.
"Let me start by saying, there’s way too many of us in this little room. What are we doing? They said this was outdoors. It's not," he said. "They lied to us. We're in a hermetically-sealed tent right now. I would not have come to this. Why is there a roof? It’s more important that we have three chandeliers than that we make sure we don’t kill Eugene Levy tonight. That is what has been decided.”
He added, "This is insane. I went from wiping my groceries to Paul Bettany sneezing in my face. So, that’s a big week! If anyone’s gonna sneeze in my face, Paul, I want it to be you."
Seth's name started trending on Twitter not long after his comments calling out the Emmys, with people assuming everyone was fully spiraling behind-the-scenes.
me: why are the emmys in such a small room without masks and no ventilation during a pandemic
(30 seconds later)
seth rogen: why are we in such a small room without masks and no ventilation during a pandemic
— lenika 🌱 (@lenikacruz) September 20, 2021
Seth Rogen at The Emmys “ they said this would be outdoors. It’s not! We’re in a hermetically sealed tent. They lied to us!” I am dying!!
— Kyla DiPietro 🤌🏻 (@kyla_dipietro) September 20, 2021
Seth Rogen saying what we are all thinking about this many people being in that damn room. #Emmys2021
— Treva B (@divafeminist) September 20, 2021
Seth Rogen starting off the Emmys by addressing the elephant in the room that no one is social distancing or wearing masks and everyone is essentially squeezed inside a giant tent
— Bing (@TheReal_BingLai) September 20, 2021
LOL someone backstage at the Emmys from CBS is clearly freeeaking out about what Seth Rogen said about the unexpected roof - Seth is a king
— Jason Adams (@JAMNPP) September 20, 2021
Seth Rogen looking real good yall and thank you for addressing the fact that everyone is inside of a room with no masks really close together!
— Duchess Twigglyspat the Cinema Cat (@loquaciousmuse) September 20, 2021
I like how everyone is doing damage control now because Seth Rogen blew up everyone’s spot with his “Why are there so many people here” bit
— David Gordon (@MrDavidGordon) September 20, 2021
LMAO EMMYS GOTTA MAKE A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT AFTER SETH ROGEN RIPPED THEM A NEW ONE
— Jack Scholtz (@theJackScholtz) September 20, 2021
Seth Rogen: “There are way too many of us in this room right now…Why are we doing this?!” #Emmys
— Daniel Howat (@howatdk) September 20, 2021
Seth Rogen talking the truth. This is not how they should have set it up this way. #Emmys
— Gregory Ellwood - The Playlist 🎬 (@TheGregoryE) September 20, 2021
“They said this was outdoors…it’s not!” Seth Rogen is genuinely not happy about the COVID situation.
— Esther Zuckerman (@ezwrites) September 20, 2021
"Let me start by saying there’s way too many of us in this little room"
— Tony • GMA (@THETonyMorrison) September 20, 2021
Last month, the Emmy Awards announced that they'd be moving the show outdoors due to the rise in COVID cases amid the Delta variant. "The Television Academy and CBS have decided to host all ceremonies...on the Event Deck at L.A. LIVE, directly behind the Microsoft Theater," the Television Academy said in a statement, explaining that the changes took place after discussions with Los Angeles County health and safety experts.
Apparently, the increased precautions also limited the number of attendees, and organizers said, "Unfortunately, this means not all nominees will be able to attend this year's awards."
Despite attendees not wearing masks on camera, they were were required to both test negative and be vaccinated ahead of the show, with the TV academy saying, “In addition to proof of full vaccination with either an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine, attendees at all four shows will be required to provide proof of a negative RT-PCR COVID test prior to admission to all Emmy ceremonies."
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