Look Back at the 2007 Emmys — What Went Down 10 Years Ago?

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Look Back at the 2007 Emmys — What Went Down 10 Years Ago?

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Look Back at the 2007 Emmys — What Went Down 10 Years Ago?

As we gear up for this year’s Emmy Awards broadcast, let’s look back 10 years and relive both the winning and the weird moments from the 2007 Emmy Awards.

It was a time when the Emmys had never before been broadcast in high def… when the categories were still limited to five nominees… and when shows like The Sopranos and The Office still ruled the earth.

Click through the gallery above to see both the high points (and the low ones) from that broadcast.

The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 17 at 8 p.m ET on CBS.

Look Back at the 2007 Emmys — What Went Down 10 Years Ago?
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The stage was in the middle of the audience

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The stage was in the middle of the audience

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This theatre-in-the-round design, however, meant many attendees were stuck with a rear view of the presenters and winners.

“I’ve been to thousands and thousands of concerts in my life,” Boston Legal star James Spader said in his acceptance speech. “And I can tell you these are the worst seats I’ve ever had.”

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Stewie Griffin and Brian opened the show

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Stewie Griffin and Brian opened the show

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The animated characters from Family Guy kicked off the ceremony with their musical number “You Can Find It on TV,” and they took no prisoner.

For example: Scrubs’ Zach Braff “reminds us that a sitcom doesn’t have to make you laugh.”

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Kanye West crashed the ceremony

Kanye West crashed the ceremony

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Kanye battled The Office’s Rainn Wilson in an “impromptu” game of Don’t Forget the Lyrics — hosted by Wayne Brady — and Kanye lost because he said, “That’s how long I’ve been on you” instead of “That’s how long I’ve been on ya.”

“You picked a bad time to speak properly,” Wayne quipped.

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Ryan Seacrest made a dig at ‘Entourage’ star Jeremy Piven

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Ryan Seacrest made a dig at ‘Entourage’ star Jeremy Piven

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Ryan, the host of the Emmys that year, told this Heroes actress Hayden Panettiere, then just 18 years old, that his gift to her was “seating [her] as far away from Jeremy Piven as possible.”

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Brad Garrett made crass jokes about his co-star

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Brad Garrett made crass jokes about his co-star

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When actress Joely Fisher asked her (very tall) co-presenter and ‘Til Death co-star if he liked her dress he said, “You should see it from up here. Note to self: Buy milk.”

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The announcer got Katherine Heigl’s name wrong

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The announcer got Katherine Heigl’s name wrong

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She pronounced this Grey’s Anatomy star’s name like “hi-jull” instead of “hi-gull.”

“Uh, it’s Heigl,” Katherine said when she got to the podium. “It’s all right. It’s a hard name, I know.”

Luckily, when she won the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama trophy later that night, the presenters — Eva Longoria and the Entourage boys — got her name right.

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America Ferrera made history

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America Ferrera made history

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For her work on Ugly Betty, America became the first Latino woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy. She was only 23 at the time.

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The censors were a little trigger-happy

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The censors were a little trigger-happy

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Sure, they were justified for censoring Katherine Heigl’s “shit” reaction to winning, but the censors also cut the audio to a perfectly fine Ray Romano joke.

Referencing Back to You, a sitcom starring Frasier’s Kelsey Grammer and Everybody Loves Raymond’s Patricia Heaton, Ray quipped, “From what I hear, Frasier is screwing my wife?”

Even worse, they cut Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama winner Sally Field when she criticized “g—damn wars,” and we viewers still don’t know if they objected to her profanity or her anti-war sentiments.

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Kathy Griffin sparked controversy (again)

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Kathy Griffin sparked controversy (again)

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At the Creative Arts Emmys, Kathy won for her Bravo reality show, and she mocked people who thank higher powers in their acceptance speeches.

“Suck it, Jesus!” she said. “This award is my God now!”

After a condemnation from the Catholic League, the Academy opted not to televise her moment in the spotlight.

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‘30 Rock’ won Outstanding Comedy

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‘30 Rock’ won Outstanding Comedy

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It beat out Entourage, The Office, Two and a Half Men, and Ugly Betty. All five shows have since ended.

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‘The Sopranos’ won Outstanding Drama

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‘The Sopranos’ won Outstanding Drama

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It triumphed over Boston Legal, Grey’s Anatomy, Heroes, and House. Four of those five shows finished by 2012, but Grey’s keeps on ticking.

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‘The Amazing Race’ won Outstanding Reality-Competition

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‘The Amazing Race’ won Outstanding Reality-Competition

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It beat out American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, Project Runway, and Top Chef. All five of these shows are still running!

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‘The Sopranos’ tied a record

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‘The Sopranos’ tied a record

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By the end of the night, The Sopranos had bookended its Emmys career with 18 major wins, tying a record set by Hill Street Blues. Coincidentally, The Sopranos also matched Hill Street Blues’ nomination count with 74 nods.

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As we gear up for this year’s Emmy Awards broadcast, let’s look back 10 years and relive both the winning and the weird moments from the 2007 Emmy Awards.

It was a time when the Emmys had never before been broadcast in high def… when the categories were still limited to five nominees… and when shows like The Sopranos and The Office still ruled the earth.

Click through the gallery above to see both the high points (and the low ones) from that broadcast.

The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 17 at 8 p.m ET on CBS.