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Political Speech at 2008 Emmy Awards Ceremony

Politics Take Center Stage at the Emmys: The Real Winner?

The group-effort, let's-have-everybody-host format at last night's Emmys isn't earning raves in the cold light of day, but the election can surely be counted as one of the stars, swiping at least as much stage time as some of the winners despite rumors of a ban. Behold as Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart turn an innocent snack into a juicy metaphor for the political landscape.

Colbert said, “America needs prunes. It may not be a young, sexy plum. Granted, it's shriveled and at times hard to swallow. But this dried-up old prune has the experience we need.” He forgot that prunes also have, er, medicinal qualities. Perhaps we need those too?

Jon Stewart, whose Daily Show won last night for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy series, also had this to say perhaps hinting that whoever wins this fall, the show and the funnies will go on: “I really look forward to the next administration whoever it is. I have nothing to follow that up with. I'm just saying I really look forward to the next administration whoever it is." Stewart and Colbert were gentle here, but the political opinions got much more heated as the night went on.

To see who invoked the bridge to nowhere, and other political winners,

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One of the (five!) co-hosts Howie Mandel said this of the. . . undisciplined brand of hosting: “We are like on Sarah Palin's bridge to nowhere, that's where we are right now. The government can't even bail us out of this. We have nothing.” Funny?

But political programming was an actual winner too, with the HBO political dramas John Adams and Recount taking home statues, leading to a discussion of who actually got the freedom of speech during the ceremony. Kirk Ellis who won last night for writing John Adams was cut of mid-speech while he was praising the era of oratory where politicians, "articulated complex thoughts in complete sentences." Adding the pointed jab, "I love freedom of expression, and as soon as I opened my mouth they were signaling to wrap it up. I find it interesting we can do 30 minutes devoted to reality show hosts but none for the people who actually (write the programs)."

Laura Linney won for her role in John Adams and took her speech as an opportunity to dig at Sarah Palin's mention of community organizers at the convention. Linney said onstage, "so grateful and thankful for the community organizers that helped found our country." And later in the media tent, "Our founding fathers were community organizers. just feel it's been disparaged a bit. I don't feel anyone should be disrespected, no matter what party they're in. No matter who they are."

The most cutting Palin line last night could have come from the only one whose career could benefit from a McCain win. Winner Tina Fey said, "I want to be done playing this lady Nov. 5. So, if anyone can help me be done playing this lady, that would be good for me."

Is it inevitable that politics will be taking over everything for the next 43 days? Were the political statements at the Emmys appropriate?

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milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
That's why Tivo (or DVR) is the best invention. I fast-forwarded through at least half of it. I know I'm all alone in my thought, but I thought the Josh Groban thing was funny. The Colbert/Stewart bit was hilarious. I was so excited about Mad Men Em! I need to be in that support group too. :) I was also insanely excited for Bryan Cranston. If you haven't seen Breaking Bad yet omg do so. It's an awesome show. I think it's on dvd by now.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
all I know is that I am in love with Stephen Colbert.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
see i hate when celebs bring politics into these types of events - can't we have even one awards show where things remain light and fluffy and without serious business? i get that it's one of those times that you know that you'll have a LARGE audience - but enough is enough. i would have thought better of laura and all the others that made comments, but i guess that's cause i have higher expectations
Vespa Vespa 7 years
But even those who don't watch hear about it. This is what we're talking about today, not the nice actor who thanked his god, his family, and his agent.
stephley stephley 7 years
Take comfort in the fact that relatively few people watched the Emmys anyway.
Vespa Vespa 7 years
I'm sure everyone else has already said it, but I kind of wish they would ban political speeches at awards show. It's just so out of place.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
The only part of the Emmy awards I liked was Colbert and Stewart. Love them. I also like the comment Tina Fey said offstage.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 7 years
:rotfl: dems my boys!!! That was soo funny.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 7 years
:rotfl: dems my boys!!! That was soo funny.
em1282 em1282 7 years
LOL, I love where this discussion has gone. ;) I was going to say something about Don Draper and frosting, but I'm going to leave YOU to that! :rotfl:
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
em I know! I don't find the actor to be attractive really at all, but when he's in that character... woooo momma! I'd let him tie me up! ;)
em1282 em1282 7 years
haus--I saw Don Draper, er, Jon Hamm on the Jimmy Kimmel show (they're apparently good friends) and he was in jeans and a button down shirt. I wasn't having it. He needs to be in that suit at all times. Although, he does look good in one of those oxford-shirt-under-a-v-neck-sweater combos, too... ;)
LiberalOnMyMind LiberalOnMyMind 7 years
It was a pretty lame show.Of course Stewart and Colbert were funny.I definitely didn't like having the 5 hosts. A lot of the bits were excruciating to watch. It's like watching some one do bad stand-up comedy. I had to flip the channel a few times!
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Torg - I gotcha! Its all good! :)And I totally agree about Fab, I never watch the red carpet shows anymore, its so much better to just see it on Fab! Em - I don't want a support group! If loving Mad Men is wrong, then I don't wanna be right! ;) Plus Don Draper is soooo hot....
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
Torg - I gotcha! Its all good! :) And I totally agree about Fab, I never watch the red carpet shows anymore, its so much better to just see it on Fab! Em - I don't want a support group! If loving Mad Men is wrong, then I don't wanna be right! ;) Plus Don Draper is soooo hot....
True-Song True-Song 7 years
I was just trying to be funny. I like them both okay.
Michelann Michelann 7 years
And I don't think many of us could keep a man once Angelina Jolie set her sights on him ;)
Michelann Michelann 7 years
Torg, I didn't say I love Jennifer Aniston (although I do like her), I just meant that Lauren Conrad is not comparable to Jennifer. She can't even carry a TV show.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
I love Mad Men!! That show rocks.And LC will never, ever be Jennifer Aniston! I think the "bridge to nowhere" comment isn't insulting to Palin at all. Maybe I'm just missing part of the joke, but the insult seemed to fall squarely on all the hosts themselves.I personally always cringe when people start up with the politics stuff during the awards shows. A few jokes here and there don't bug me and are par for course, but when people grab the mike and go on a pompous diatribe that just irritates me.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
I love Mad Men!! That show rocks. And LC will never, ever be Jennifer Aniston! I think the "bridge to nowhere" comment isn't insulting to Palin at all. Maybe I'm just missing part of the joke, but the insult seemed to fall squarely on all the hosts themselves. I personally always cringe when people start up with the politics stuff during the awards shows. A few jokes here and there don't bug me and are par for course, but when people grab the mike and go on a pompous diatribe that just irritates me.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
Eh. Pretty but plain, great hair, favors solid colors, can't keep a man, popular on tv but couldn't carry a movie...I see it.
geebers geebers 7 years
I cannot stand LC- I see her everywhere. Why??? I don't care for her style and she certainly is not a talented actress.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 7 years
Mich for once I agree with you! LC will never be Jennifer Aniston!
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 7 years
I did not watch much of the Emmy's but I did see the Stewart/Colbert bit and it was funny. That is what they do so it was appropriate and well written.
True-Song True-Song 7 years
There were 25 looks up last night, 24 if you don't count LC. Satisfied me!
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