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Stephen Colbert Emmys Monologue Video – Watch 2017 Emmy Awards Opening

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Stephen Colbert delivered a funny monologue at Sunday’s 2017 Emmys that included both jokes about Hollywood and pointed remarks about Donald Trump. Check out the opening video below!

The broadcast began with a pre-taped bit in which Colbert made the actual Emmy statues. Anthony Anderson made a cameo, as did Allison Janney, both of whom made political references. “I know the world outside is getting crazy, but look on the bright side, television is getting better,” Colbert told them, before breaking into song about how “the world is a little better on TV.” There were additional cameos from the cast of “This Is Us” and “The Americans,” along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and even Chance The Rapper, who dropped some bars. Colbert eventually took the stage singing, joined by dancers with costumes inspired by “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

He then launched into a proper monologue, formally welcoming everyone to the show. “This TV’s highest honors, us celebrating us. Tonight, we binge ourselves,” he gushed, telling the nominees, “If you do win, don’t forget to thank everyone who helped you get up here, particularly ‘Game of Thrones’ for not being eligible this year.” Quite seriously, he then thanked our first responders for “working tirelessly” through the hurricanes. Back to the topic of TV, he said, “What a year it’s been for television.” He then said there’s so much TV right now, no one can possibly watch it all… except for the president. “Hello, sir. Thanks for watching. Looking forward to the tweets,” Colbert cracked. He went on to joke, “These days, everyone loves streaming video. Just ask Ted Cruz.”

The host gave another shout-out to “This Is Us,” telling Milo Ventimiglia, “Your fans want to see you dead. It’s a compliment.” Colbert specifically named some of this year’s black nominees to mark diversity improvements. “And Bill Maher. I assume he’s black, because he’s so comfortable using the N-word,” he deadpanned. Colbert then acknowledged that Trump was the “biggest star” of TV this last year. “And Alec Baldwin.” He added, “Every show was influenced by Donald Trump in some way.” Colbert then chastised the crowd for not awarding him an Emmy. “I bet if he had won an Emmy, he wouldn’t have run for president,” he argued, especially given that stars love “morally compromised anti-heroes.” In a nod to “Breaking Bad,” Colbert insisted, “He’s just Walter much whiter.”

Colbert even read aloud one of Trump’s old tweets and showed a clip of him complaining about not winning. “Unlike the presidency, Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote,” he said, which earned lots of applause. Laughs followed when Sean Spicer unexpectedly came out to declare, “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys in person and around the world.”

CBS announced in January that Colbert would host the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Despite his years-long success on television, he’s actually never emceed a major awards show before. He did, however, have a headline-making turn as the host of the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. At the time, he was best known for “The Colbert Report,” which ended in 2014 so Colbert could take over the “Late Show” from David Letterman. His incarnation of the iconic program premiered in the fall of 2015 and initially got off to a bumpy start. But in the time since, helped in part by the way Colbert tackles Trump and political topics on a nightly basis, ratings have significantly improved. And on Monday, CBS will air a two-year anniversary special celebrating the late-night show.

Given his tendency to heavily focus on politics, many wondered how Colbert would tackle his Emmy monologue. He told Variety in an interview published less than a week ago, “It’s not a political monologue, but you can’t keep politics out of it, because politics was the biggest TV story this year. The biggest story of the year is not ‘Westworld.’ It’s not ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ It’s not Milo Ventimiglia’s luscious abs. That’s not what we cared about. The biggest TV star of the year is Donald Trump.”

While it remains to be seen if the president will respond to Colbert’s opening, the pair already feuded a few months ago. And Emmys organizers, of course, knew what they were getting into by choosing him to host television’s biggest night. By taking the helm, he follows Jimmy Kimmel (2016), Andy Samberg (2015), Seth Meyers (2014) and Neil Patrick Harris (2013). Watch full videos of Colbert’s opening song and monologue below!

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