The comedic creator and actor, making the night’s first awards presentation, questioned whether an event that touted its COVID-19 protocols changed into once residing up to its guarantees.
Sooner than presenting the award for finest supporting actress in a comedy series to winner “Ted Lasso” star Hannah Waddingham, Rogen equipped up some jokes, but they sounded extra esteem a criticism.
“They said this changed into once initiate air. It’s no longer. They lied to us. We’re in a hermetically sealed tent appropriate now. I achieve no longer need come to this,” Rogen deadpanned to the target audience gathered in what Emmys organizers bear described as “a fully air-conditioned tent (that) will allow for additional socially-distanced target audience seating.”
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He took topic with the guest spacing – “There is plot too many folk on this miniature room” – but he saved his ideal criticism for the tent’s ceiling.
“It’s extra most indispensable that we have three chandeliers than that we make certain we create no longer break Eugene Levy tonight. That is what has been decided,” he cracked, clearly disagreeing with the choice on the Emmy structure.
Emmys host Cedric the Entertainer and awards show DJ Reggie Watts equipped rapid pushback.
Sooner than going to industrial spoil, Watts, who is the bandleader on “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” said that “no matter what Seth can bear said, we’re going to celebrate and safe together, but while we’re doing that we’re totally following all the health and safety pointers that some truly excellent of us requested us to attain to retain us proper from COVID.”
If that wasn’t enough, Cedric the Entertainer underlined the sentiment in his opening monologue:
“It truly feels fabulous in right here unlike what Seth (Rogen) changed into once talking about. It feels factual. We’re all vaxxed. We needed to safe vaxxed to come right here. I got vaxxed. I did no longer bear a response esteem Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend. I got Pfizer ensuing from I’m bougie. Pfizer is the Neiman Marcus of vaccines. Moderna, that’s Macy’s. Johnson & Johnson, that’s TJ Maxx,” he said.
Per Emmys organizers, tables had been location at least 6 ft aside to satisfy COVID protocols and the target audience changed into once smaller than at the beginning planned. The target audience featured greatest nominees, who had been each ready to elevate one guest, and every body changed into once examined and vaccinated.
Some winners made reference to tiny attendees onstage.
“I must restful commence off by pronouncing right here is no longer all americans who writes on the show. We had been greatest allowed a small number to come,” celebrated Chrissy Shackelford, accepting the prize for finest writing for a unfold show for HBO’s “Final Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
“The show despatched the most up to date writers, which I realize is extra or less an oxymoron.”
Contributing: Cydney Henderson
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