Emmy Awards: Jimmy Kimmel uses fake audience reactions for his opening monologue

While there was no live audience in place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel used the opportunity to make some political jokes during his opening monologue.

When Kimmel, 52, stepped onto the stage, he was greeted by what appeared to be a packed house, though it was revealed later that the audience reactions were not live.

In fact, Kimmel was delivering his monologue in front of an empty arena.

‘Of course I’m here all alone! Of course we don’t have an audience. This isn’t a MAGA rally, this is the Emmys!’ Kimmel exclaimed.

The joke came after President Donald Trump threw a series of rallies over the weekend as he battles for reelection next month.

Kimmel’s audience was instead filled with a few celeb cutouts and a surprise appearance by Jason Bateman.

Kimmel also threw a barb at other newsworthy targets, saying that TV show Watchmen would be ‘something that Jerry Falwell Jr. was into.’ 

It came after pool boy Giancarlo Granda claimed he had an affair with Falwell’s wife Becki and that Jerry knew about it and watched them have sex. Jerry acknowledges the affair, but vehemently denies that he participated in or knew about it.

Like prom night: The house lights came on and revealed that the arena was in fact empty, with Kimmel joking it was 'just like prom night

Like prom night: The house lights came on and revealed that the arena was in fact empty, with Kimmel joking it was 'just like prom night

Like prom night: The house lights came on and revealed that the arena was in fact empty, with Kimmel joking it was ‘just like prom night

Audience: While there was no live audience in place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel threw fans for a surprise with his opening monologue

Audience: While there was no live audience in place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel threw fans for a surprise with his opening monologue

Audience: While there was no live audience in place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Jimmy Kimmel threw fans for a surprise with his opening monologue

Kimmel's opening joke about MAGA crowds came after President Donald Trump threw a series of rallies over the weekend as he battles for reelection next month

Kimmel's opening joke about MAGA crowds came after President Donald Trump threw a series of rallies over the weekend as he battles for reelection next month

Kimmel’s opening joke about MAGA crowds came after President Donald Trump threw a series of rallies over the weekend as he battles for reelection next month

Kimmel also said that TV show Watchmen would be 'something that Jerry Falwell Jr. was into', after reports of his wife's affair with a pool boy. Jerry and his wife Becki are pictured in 2018

Kimmel also said that TV show Watchmen would be 'something that Jerry Falwell Jr. was into', after reports of his wife's affair with a pool boy. Jerry and his wife Becki are pictured in 2018

Kimmel also said that TV show Watchmen would be ‘something that Jerry Falwell Jr. was into’, after reports of his wife’s affair with a pool boy. Jerry and his wife Becki are pictured in 2018

In the opening moments of the show, there were several shots of a ‘live audience’, which was presumably from last year’s Emmys ceremony, with Kimmel beginning immediately by addressing the pandemic, stating, ‘Welcome to the Pandemmys!’

He then added that it was great to ‘see people again’ while thanking everyone – and himself – for risking everything to be there.

He then asked why they were having an awards show in the midst of a pandemic, joking, ‘Why is this the year they have to have a host?’

Kimmel added that it might seem ‘frivolous and unnecessary’ to hold the Emmys this year, though he added it’s frivolous and unnecessary ‘every other year.’  

He admitted that the Emmy ceremony is not ‘important,’ adding it’s not going to ‘stop COVID or put out the fires,’ but it’s fun and ‘we need fun’ right now.

Kimmel added that through it all, television has ‘always been there’ for us,’ and that while this year might be terrible, television has ‘never been better.’

Audience: There were several shots of the 'audience' in the opening moments, which was presumably from last year's Emmys ceremony, with Kimmel beginning immediately by addressing the pandemic, stating, 'Welcome to the Pandemmys!'

Audience: There were several shots of the 'audience' in the opening moments, which was presumably from last year's Emmys ceremony, with Kimmel beginning immediately by addressing the pandemic, stating, 'Welcome to the Pandemmys!'

Audience: There were several shots of the ‘audience’ in the opening moments, which was presumably from last year’s Emmys ceremony, with Kimmel beginning immediately by addressing the pandemic, stating, ‘Welcome to the Pandemmys!’

Bateman: In fact, Kimmel was delivering his monologue in front of an empty arena, with a few celeb cutouts and a surprise appearance by Jason Batemen, as they revealed how the awards show will proceed in the pandemic

Bateman: In fact, Kimmel was delivering his monologue in front of an empty arena, with a few celeb cutouts and a surprise appearance by Jason Batemen, as they revealed how the awards show will proceed in the pandemic

Bateman: In fact, Kimmel was delivering his monologue in front of an empty arena, with a few celeb cutouts and a surprise appearance by Jason Batemen, as they revealed how the awards show will proceed in the pandemic

He also gave Norman Lear a shout-out for being the oldest Emmy winner ever at 98 years of age, which he won at the Creative Arts Emmys last week.

He also made a crack towards upstart Quibi, which he called ‘the dumbest thing to cost $1 billion, while adding that he has to show a Schitt’s Creek graphic on the screen, which he joked was indicative of how network TV is dying.

‘HBO can show us a big blue penis, no problem, I can’t say Schitt’s with a C,’ Kimmel said. 

Shout-out: He also gave Norman Lear a shout-out for being the oldest Emmy winner ever at 98 years of age, which he won at the Creative Arts Emmys last week

Shout-out: He also gave Norman Lear a shout-out for being the oldest Emmy winner ever at 98 years of age, which he won at the Creative Arts Emmys last week

Shout-out: He also gave Norman Lear a shout-out for being the oldest Emmy winner ever at 98 years of age, which he won at the Creative Arts Emmys last week

Dumbest thing: He also made a crack towards upstart Quibi, which he called 'the dumbest thing to cost $1 billion, while adding that he has to show a Schitt's Creek graphic on the screen, which he joked was indicative of how network TV is dying

Dumbest thing: He also made a crack towards upstart Quibi, which he called 'the dumbest thing to cost $1 billion, while adding that he has to show a Schitt's Creek graphic on the screen, which he joked was indicative of how network TV is dying

Dumbest thing: He also made a crack towards upstart Quibi, which he called ‘the dumbest thing to cost $1 billion, while adding that he has to show a Schitt’s Creek graphic on the screen, which he joked was indicative of how network TV is dying

But the ‘audience’ reaction to one joke showed Kimmel himself laughing, showing that the shots weren’t live.

Kimmel said on stage that, ‘How can I be down there? If I’m up here that means no one is in the audience. That would mean that I’m up here all alone.’

The house lights came on and revealed that the arena was in fact empty, with Kimmel joking it was ‘just like prom night.’ 

He added that the Emmys took a page out of baseball’s playbook, using cardboard cutouts of celebrities, such as Regina King, Hugh Jackman, Meryl Streep and Jason Bateman, though Kimmel noticed something seemed off with Bateman’s cutout.

Kimmel said that he knew it was Bateman, though Bateman shot back, ‘Mind your business, Kimmel, big night for me.’

Kimmel said they have strict safety protocols, with Bateman saying he’s clean and he’s, ‘a big washer-upper’ but Kimmel said they had limits on how many people they can have in the building.’

Alone: Kimmel said on stage that, 'How can I be down there? If I'm up here that means no one is in the audience. That would mean that I'm up here all alone'

Alone: Kimmel said on stage that, 'How can I be down there? If I'm up here that means no one is in the audience. That would mean that I'm up here all alone'

Alone: Kimmel said on stage that, 'How can I be down there? If I'm up here that means no one is in the audience. That would mean that I'm up here all alone'

Alone: Kimmel said on stage that, 'How can I be down there? If I'm up here that means no one is in the audience. That would mean that I'm up here all alone'

Alone: Kimmel said on stage that, ‘How can I be down there? If I’m up here that means no one is in the audience. That would mean that I’m up here all alone’

Big night: Kimmel said that he knew it was Bateman, though Bateman shot back, 'Mind your business, Kimmel, big night for me'

Big night: Kimmel said that he knew it was Bateman, though Bateman shot back, 'Mind your business, Kimmel, big night for me'

Big night: Kimmel said that he knew it was Bateman, though Bateman shot back, ‘Mind your business, Kimmel, big night for me’

Building: Kimmel said they have strict safety protocols, with Bateman saying he's clean and he's, 'a big washer-upper' but Kimmel said they had limits on how many people they can have in the building'

Building: Kimmel said they have strict safety protocols, with Bateman saying he's clean and he's, 'a big washer-upper' but Kimmel said they had limits on how many people they can have in the building'

Building: Kimmel said they have strict safety protocols, with Bateman saying he’s clean and he’s, ‘a big washer-upper’ but Kimmel said they had limits on how many people they can have in the building’

‘No I don’t, OK? I haven’t left the house in six months, don’t send me back there. I want to be here. It’s ritzy. I want to eat shrimp with the cast of The Crown. I want Mario Lopez to ask me about my pants,’ Bateman said.

Kimmel said that he could stay if he promised to laugh at his jokes, but that was the last straw for Bateman as he called a car to pick him up.

Bateman ended his monologue by calling for a standing ovation for him, as footage from previous standing ovations was shown.

Standing O: Bateman ended his monologue by calling for a standing ovation for him, as footage from previous standing ovations was shown

Standing O: Bateman ended his monologue by calling for a standing ovation for him, as footage from previous standing ovations was shown

Standing O: Bateman ended his monologue by calling for a standing ovation for him, as footage from previous standing ovations was shown

Standing O: Bateman ended his monologue by calling for a standing ovation for him, as footage from previous standing ovations was shown

Standing O: Bateman ended his monologue by calling for a standing ovation for him, as footage from previous standing ovations was shown

72nd Primetime Emmy Awards winners

Outstanding Drama Series 

Better Call Saul

The Crown

The Handmaid’s Tale

Killing Eve

The Mandalorian

Ozark

Stranger Things

Succession – WINNER

 

Outstanding Comedy Series

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Dead to Me

The Good Place

Insecure

The Kominsky Method

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

What We Do in the Shadows

 

Outstanding Limited Series

Little Fires Everywhere

Mrs. America

Unbelievable

Unorthodox

Watchmen – WINNER

 

Lead Actor, Drama Series

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Steve Carell, The Morning Show

Brian Cox, Succession

Billy Porter, Pose

Jeremy Strong, Succession – WINNER

 

Lead Actress, Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Laura Linney, Ozark

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Zendaya, Euphoria – WINNER

 

Lead Actor, Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Ted Danson, The Good Place

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

 

Lead Actress, Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

Issa Rae, Insecure

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

 

Lead Actor, Limited Series or Movie

Jeremy Irons, Watchmen

Hugh Jackman, Bad Education

Paul Mescal, Normal People

Jeremy Pope, Hollywood

Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True – WINNER

 

Lead Actress, Limited Series or Movie

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Shira Haas, Unorthodox

Regina King, Watchmen – WINNER

Octavia Spencer, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker

Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere 

 

Supporting Actor, Drama Series

Nicholas Braun, Succession

Billy Crudup, The Morning Show – WINNER

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Mark Duplass, The Morning Show

Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul

Matthew Macfadyen, Succession

Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale

Jeffrey Wright, Westworld

 

Supporting Actress, Drama Series

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Julia Garner, Ozark – WINNER

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve

Sarah Snook, Succession

Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies

Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale

 

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series

Mahershala Ali, Ramy

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

William Jackson Harper, The Good Place

Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live

 

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place

Betty Gilpin, Glow

Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek – WINNER

Yvonne Orji, Insecure

Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live

 

TV Movie

American Son

Bad Education

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend   

 

Supporting Actress, Limited Series or Movie 

Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America – WINNER

Toni Collette, Unbelievable

Margo Martindale, Mrs. America

Jean Smart, Watchmen

Holland Taylor, Hollywood

Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America

 

Supporting Actor, Limited Series or Movie

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen – WINNER

Jovan Adepo, Watchmen

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend

Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen

Dylan McDermott, Hollywood

Jim Parsons, Hollywood

 

Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – WINNER

 

Reality Competition Program

The Masked Singer

Nailed It!

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Top Chef

The Voice

 

Variety Sketch Series

A Black Lady Sketch Show

Drunk History

Saturday Night Live  

Reality Host 

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye

Nicole Byer, Nailed It!

Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank

Padma Lakshmi, and Tom Colicchio, Top Chef

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Making It

RuPaul, Drag Race

 

Structured Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow

Love Is Blind

Queer Eye

Shark Tank

A Very Brady Renovation

 

Unstructured Reality Program

Amy Schumer Learns To Cook: Lunch Break And Pasta Night

Cheer

Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked

We’re Here

 

Guest Actress, Comedy

Angela Bassett, A Black Lady Sketch Show

Bette Midler, The Politician

Maya Rudolph, The Good Place

Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live

Wanda Sykes, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Saturday Night Live

 

Guest Actor, Comedy

Brad Pitt, Saturday Night Live

Adam Driver, Saturday Night Live

Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live

Dev Patel, Modern Love

Fred Willard, Modern Family

 

Guest Actress, Drama

Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale

Laverne Cox, Orange Is The New Black

Cherry Jones, Succession

Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us

Cicely Tyson, How To Get Away With Murder

Harriet Walter, Succession

 

Guest Actor, Drama

Jason Bateman, The Outsider

Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us

James Cromwell, Succession

Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian

Andrew Scott, Black Mirror

Martin Short, The Morning Show

 

Documentary or Nonfiction Series

American Masters

Hillary

McMillion$

The Last Dance

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness

 

Documentary or Nonfiction Special

The Apollo

Beastie Boys Story

Becoming

The Great Hack

Laurel Canyon: A Place In Time

 

Animated Program

Big Mouth

Bob’s Burgers

BoJack Horseman

Rick And Morty

The Simpsons

 

Writing for a Comedy Series

Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek (Happy Ending) – WINNER

Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil, What We Do In The Shadows (Collaboration)

Tony McNamara, The Great (The Great)

Stefani Robinson, What We Do In The Shadows (On The Run)

Michael Schur, The Good Place (Whenever You’re Ready)

Paul Simms, What We Do In The Shadows (Ghosts)

David West Read, Schitt’s Creek (The Presidential Suite)

 

Writing for a Drama Series

Jesse Armstrong, Succession (This Is Not for Tears)

Miki Johnson, Ozark (Fire Pink)

Peter Morgan, The Crown (Aberfan)

Chris Mundy, Ozark (All In)

Thomas Schnauz, Better Call Saul (Bad Choice Road)

John Shiban, Ozark (Boss Fight)

Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul (Bagman)

 

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special

Tanya Barfield, Mrs. America (Shirley)

Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, Unbelievable (Episode 1)

Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, Watchmen (This Extraordinary Being)- WINNER

Sally Rooney and Alice Birch, Normal People (Episode 3)

 

Writing for a Drama Series

Jesse Armstrong, Succession (This Is Not for Tears)

Miki Johnson, Ozark (Fire Pink)

Peter Morgan, The Crown (Aberfan)

Chris Mundy, Ozark (All In)

Thomas Schnauz, Better Call Saul (Bad Choice Road)

John Shiban, Ozark (Boss Fight)

Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul (Bagman)

 

Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Drama Special

Tanya Barfield, Mrs. America (Shirley)

Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, Unbelievable (Episode 1)

Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, Watchmen (This Extraordinary Being)

Sally Rooney and Alice Birch, Normal People (Episode 3)

Ben Semanoff, Ozark (Su Casa Es Mi Casa)

 

Directing for a Limited Series

Lenny Abrahamson, Normal People (Episode 5)

Steph Green, Watchmen (Little Fear Of Lightning)

Nicole Kassell, Watchmen (It’s Summer And We’re Running Out Of Ice)

Maria Schrader, Unorthodox – WINNER

Lynn Shelton, Little Fires Everywhere (Find A Way)

Stephen Williams, Watchmen (This Extraordinary Being)

 

Directing for a Variety Series

Dime Davis, A Black Lady Sketch Show, (Born At Night, But Not Last Night)

Jim Hoskinson, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Live Show; Chris Christie; Nathaniel Rateliff)

Linda Mendoza, Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready (Flame Monroe)

David Paul Meyer, “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (Dr. Fauci Answers Trevor’s Questions About Coronavirus)

Paul Pennolino and Christopher Werner, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (Episode 629)

Don Roy King, Saturday Night Live (Host: Eddie Murphy)

 

 

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