The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards had several key moments and wins, but first-time host Stephen Colbert‘s opening monologue was an expected highlight full of jabs towards President Donald Trump. But what didn’t know or expect was that former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was set to make a hilarious cameo appearance.
Colbert, who has plenty of practice in quick-witted jokes as the host of CBS’s The Late Show, even took aim at celebrities in the audience while cleverly mentioning how viewers and others can help recent victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Colbert also made an ever-timely jab at Ted Cruz’s love of streaming video, but of course, the undertone was cheeky. But the jabs at Trump were among some of the best delivered.
From the monologue, courtesy of THR:
But if we’re honest with ourselves as artists — and we have to be honest with ourselves — we know that the biggest TV star of the last year is Donald Trump. No, we may not like it, but he’s the biggest star. And you know, Alec Baldwin, obviously. You guys are neck and neck. And Alec, you’re up against a lot of neck. However you feel about the president, and you do feel about the president, you can’t deny that every show was influenced by Donald Trump in some way. All the late-night shows obviously, House of Cards, the new season of American Horror Story, and of course, next year’s Latin Grammys, hosted by Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Muy caliente.
And we all know the Emmys mean a lot to Donald Trump, because he was nominated multiple times for Celebrity Apprentice, but he never won. Why didn’t you give him an Emmy? I tell you this, if he had won an Emmy, I bet he wouldn’t have run for president. So in a way, this is all your fault. I thought you people loved morally compromised antiheroes. You liked Walter White, he’s just Walter Much-Whiter. And he never forgave you, and he never will. The president has complained repeatedly that the Emmys are rigged. He even went after the host a few years back, tweeting, “That Seth Meyers is hosting the Emmy Awards is a total joke. He is very awkward with almost no talent. Marbles in his mouth!” Wow, marbles in his mouth, that’s harsh. That’s quite an accusation, do you have a response Seth? (Marbles fall out of Meyers’ mouth).
Check out Stephen Colbert’s hilarious opening monologue in the clip below. Spicer appears around the 15:30-mark and its worth the wait.
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