Emmys 2012: The 9 Most Outrageous Moments From the Show
Every awards show needs a few OMG or WTF moments. The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast was pretty tame, but included a few eyebrow-raising moments — in one case, literally! Here’s a roundup.
Jimmy Kimmel gets Botox worthy of a Real Housewife What better way to set the tone for a show than to start with a sketch set in the ladies’ room, with a naked Lena Dunham eating cake in a bathroom stall? She was fine with being caught in the buff. Not fine: Host Jimmy Kimmel crying in the next stall over his eyebrow-stretching Botox. “I can’t host the Emmys!” he whined to the nominees gaping at him in the bathroom. “We’ll do it!” piped in the nominated reality TV hosts, who hosted the show to ill effect years ago. Since no one wanted that again, enough violence ensued for Jimmy to get his act in gear and host. Special props to Kathy Bates for busting through the stall door with her fist. And extra props to Ellen DeGeneres for giving Jimmy a pair of her pants to wear. Way to be team players, ladies!
The Breaking Bad Show! What would AMC’s Breaking Bad be like if it aired before cable? Jimmy Kimmel asked stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, who pretended to not know or care. Then they cut to a surreal black and white clip of The Breaking Bad Show, complete with Andy Griffith Show whistles and the shooting death of Don Knotts. All brought to you by meth!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler trade comedy speeches Yes! The tradition of great Lead Actress in a Comedy Series speeches continues. Last year, the nominated ladies lined up on stage like it was a pageant (that Melissa McCarthy won). This year, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the award for Veep, then started reading a speech that … just … sounded … wrong for her. But right for Amy Poehler. Amy and Julia looked at each other, then Amy ran up to the podium and they traded speeches. Cute! Especially the end of Julia’s speech, which happened to mention “Isn’t it a shame that Amy Poehler didn’t win.”
New Lily steals the Modern Family show It was no surprise to see Modern Family dominate the Emmys. Eric Stonestreet got the first award of the night and thanked the gay men who have sent him pictures of their hairy chests. Emmy winning director Steve Levitan said he was told the acting and writing on the show is so good, even an idiot could direct an episode. “And I think we’ve proven that tonight.” But the “new” Lily, played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, was the real star, getting her own mini sketch as the terror of the set. She mocked all the adult stars when they tried to hide from her, saying she knew there was no table read scheduled since they actually showed up. (Nice reference to the recent contract dispute!) She also sniffed to Julie Bowen, “Shouldn’t you go to makeup?” Julie replied, “I just came from makeup.” Aubrey: “Really? Yikes.” Burn.
Seth MacFarlane misses his mic Seth MacFarlane presented Outstanding Host For Reality or Reality Competition Program, but he started giving his intro at the wrong microphone, so no one could hear him. “Oh the mic’s over there!” he finally discovered. He wandered over to the right spot. “This is what happens when you don’t come to rehearsal,” he joked in his Stewie from Family Guy voice. Then he quipped that his moment would be on YouTube. Well, don’t be too impressed with yourself, man, everything ends up there eventually.
Jimmy’s prank on people not watching the Emmys The best part of this little sketch was the head shake Kathy Bates gave it as she fanned herself in the audience. She was like “I showed up for this?” Jimmy had “volunteer” Tracy Morgan lie down on stage, then asked people at home to tweet and post on Facebook, “OMG, Tracy Morgan just passed out on stage at the Emmys. Turn on ABC now.” The weirdest part? Tracy supposedly stayed there, splayed out on the stage, through two awards handed out by Nashville stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.
Jimmy kicks his parents out of their seats Jimmy’s parents told him he could do anything he put his mind to. He put his mind to winning an Emmy. He didn’t win. Tracy Morgan (again!) jumped in and said Jimmy’s parents did him wrong to support his hopes. Security escorted Mr. and Mrs. Kimmel out of their seats. Another random time-filling moment a three-hour show didn’t need.
Josh Groban sings One Direction Instead of doing a special In Memoriam section, Jimmy Kimmel decided to honor someone living, a person we all love and adore. Himself. Josh Groban performed a piano version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” as the screen showed scenes of Jimmy not knowing he’s beautiful. Odd. They did honor the departed TV stars later in the show, including Andy Griffith and Michael Clarke Duncan.
Jon Stewart fights to get his Emmy Oh, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon! Always trying to hold The Man down. They wrestled with Jon to try to keep him from getting to the stage when The Daily Show won Outstanding Variety Series. Jon panted at the podium about being too out of shape to fight with a guy like Jimmy Fallon. Then he mentioned wanting a sandwich, ‘cause they were promised free sandwiches after 10. Then he mocked his show’s Emmys success rate — since they’ve won every single year. “Years from now … when aliens visit, they will find a box of these and know just how predictable these f**king [Emmys are].”
What did you think of the 2012 Emmys broadcast? Too long? Too dull? Just right?