"It’s an honor to be hosting the Emmys, and it’s even more of an honor installing the carpet,” said Stephen Colbert after rolling out the red carpet, according to LA times. "How much was this? Six dollars a yard? I'm going to re-grout the bathrooms right after."
For Trump supporters, the Emmys might be even less watchable than usual as Stephen Colbert acts as the host. Colbert is himself an Emmy winner, receiving a total of three awards for "The Daily Show" and six for "The Colbert Report." The new Emmys host originally starred "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central for almost 10 years before taking over as the CBS "Late Show" host for David Letterman in 2015.
Fox News reports that Colbert hosting the Emmys is an indication that the awards show will likely take aim at President Donald Trump. In fact, Colbert has given several signs that he intends to make fun of President Donald Trump throughout the night. Already he has mocked ex-Press Secretary Sean Spicer's statement about Trump's Inauguration Day crowd size. And in the past, since the election, award shows have often taken aim at the current president.
The Golden Globe Awards in January, for instance, featured Jimmy Fallon, who used his first joke of the night as an opportunity to criticize Donald Trump. At the Academy Awards, Jimmy Kimmel's second joke was that the show was being watched around the world by 225 countries "that now hate us." And it is likely, given his past statements, that Stephen Colbert will take even more focused aim at President Trump.
According to Variety, Colbert thinks he can be balanced, stating that "We are storytellers: The story we are telling is what happened on television this year. It’s not a political monologue, but you can’t keep politics out of it, because politics was the biggest TV story this year.”
"Colbert has made his feelings about the president abundantly clear," writes Variety. "Fallon has added some politics to his monologue, including a heartfelt callout against the recent Charlottesville fracas, and Jimmy Kimmel has challenged Trump voters in no uncertain terms. Colbert, however, does it night after night. After night."
Recently Colbert made headlines after making a nazi gesture live on air. During an episode, Colbert repeatedly made the nazi gesture while referencing Trump, thereby equating the president with Hitler, a man who played a critical role in starting WWII and committing attempted genocide against the Jews, a people group that Trump's son-in-law is a part of.
According to Fox News, the Emmys will start at 5 p.m. Pacific time (8 p.m. Eastern time) and will air on CBS or on the network’s streaming service, CBS All Access.
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