Stars React To Their Emmy Nominations

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The nominees for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday morning, and now the stars being recognized for their work are reacting to their nominations.

Amy Poehler, who was given Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy nod for “Parks and Recreation,” joked, “I appreciate the nominations. I love my job. But nice try, guys. I’m not falling for this old trick again.” Don Cheadle also made a crack about his Outstanding Lead Actor nomination for “House Of Lies,” saying, “It’s nice to finally be recognized as the comic genius I am.”

The 65th Primetime Emmys will air September 22nd on CBS. Check out the nominees’ reactions below!

Amy Poehler, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy, “Parks and Recreation” “I appreciate the nominations. I love my job. But nice try, guys. I’m not falling for this old trick again.”

Emilia Clarke, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, “Game Of Thrones” – “It was really bizarre because I’m staying with Rose Leslie and we were talking last night about [‘Game Of Thrones’ possibly being nominated]. And then 6 o’clock rolls around and my alarm in the hotel started beeping terribly. I didn’t set the alarm and I didn’t know what was going on. I was finding shoes to throw at things. And then my phone started ringing. It took like two or three phone calls for them to say ‘No no, you are nominated as well as the show.'”

Don Cheadle, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, “House of Lies” – “Given all the hilarious film work I’ve done, from Traffic to Crash to Flight, it’s nice to finally be recognized as the comic genius I am. Thank you, Academy members.”

Jim Parsons, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, “The Big Bang Theory” – “There’s something about having finished season six and being so entrenched in this work now. We’re in such a good spot with it and our audience, things have gone so well. Because of all that an how long we’ve been on, there’s something even more sweet about it; it feels even more of an honor getting to go. Every year that goes by there are more shows to choose from and it seems that our odds would go down exponentially to be included.”

Connie Britton, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, “Nashville” – “The TV Academy has been so supportive. I’ve taken a lot of twists and turns on purpose in terms of the career choices I’ve made. It’s a hard and risky thing to do and I feel so grateful to feel that level of support. It’s not easy to do that when you take a risk — it inherently means you can fail and that’s a scary feeling.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, “Veep” – “It’s taken me decades, but I have finally avenged Lucille Ball. I am euphoric.”

Jimmy Kimmel, Outstanding Variety Series, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” – “It just goes to show you – good things happen to bad people.”

Kevin Spacey, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, “House of Cards” – “I’m very happy, first for the series, that we were able break through a lot of great shows. It was our first season, so it’s obvious a big thing for us. It’s also a huge day for Netflix too. Nine nominations! It’s a big win for us, no matter how it goes.”

Tony Hale, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy, “Veep” – “Oh my God, what is happening right now??? All I could say when I saw my name was, ‘Shut up, shut up!’ This is so crazy cool. I just called the family, there was a lot of screaming. I need a Xanax. I’m so happy for the show, too. And Julia and Anna. I love my job! And now, I’m going to stop eating now in preparation for the Emmys. There are a lot of appetizers and drinks in my future

Ty Burrell, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, “Modern Family” – “I am honored and humbly surprised that this good fortune continues. I’ve never had something so wonderful happen 4 years in a row before, other than winning the NY state lottery from 1993 to 97.”

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