Over the years, awards shows have gotten more and more political, but things have really come to a head since President Trump took office in January. Everyone from Meryl Streep to Paris Jackson has used their time on stage to speak out against President Trump and his troubling policies, and comedian Stephen Colbert did the same when he hosted Sunday night’s Emmy awards.
Colbert, who has been one of Trump’s most outspoken critics, started things off with a song about how “the world’s a little better on TV.” Colbert performed with stars from several popular TV shows and joked with Veep star Julia Louis Dreyfus, who sang:
‘Imagine if your president is not beloved by Nazis?’
The Trump jokes continued as Colbert transitioned into his opening monologue.
The late-night host first joked about the fact that Trump “seems to have that much time” to watch TV.
He even greeted the president directly when he said:
‘Hello sir, thank you for joining us. Look forward to the tweets. ‘
Colbert also said that Trump and Alec Baldwin, who played Trump on Saturday Night Live, were the two biggest stars at the awards show.
‘You guys are neck and neck, and Alec you’re up against a lot of neck. And however you feel about the president, and you do feel about the president, you can’t deny it.’
Colbert then went on to poke fun at Trump’s previous comments about the Emmys being rigged because his reality show, The Apprentice, has never won one.
‘Even during the campaign, Trump would not let it go. But he didn’t because unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winners of the popular vote.
‘He was nominated multiple times for Celebrity Apprentice but he never won. If he had won an Emmy, I bet he never would have run for president. Trump is like Walter White. He’s just like Walter and much whiter.’
The host also introduced a special guest — former White House press secretary Sean Spicer — who came on stage with a replica of his old press conference podium. Spicer told the crowd:
‘This will be the largest audience to ever witness the Emmys, period, both in-person and around the globe.’
The lights then went down as Colbert drew attention to actress Melissa McCarthy, who won an Emmy for impersonating Spicer on Saturday Night Live.
Watch Colbert’s full monologue in the video below, available via YouTube.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.