Donald Trump Uses Final Debate to Double-Down on Claim That Emmys Were "Rigged"

Hillary Clinton noted the number of times Trump has claimed something has been "rigged" including the Emmys where Trump interjected saying, "Should have gotten it."

Donald Trump appeared to be still bitter about not winning an Emmy for The Apprentice during the final presidential debate Wednesday night.

Hillary Clinton noted the number of times Trump has claimed something has been "rigged," including the Emmys, which prompted Trump to say, "Should have gotten it."

Trump let the comment slip after Clinton said: “There was even a time when he didn’t get an Emmy for his TV program three years in a row and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged against him. This is a mindset. This is how Donald thinks. And it's funny, but it's also really troubling."

The comment sparked a response from Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who has the most wins in the best actress Emmy category) who tweeted "The Emmys are NOT rigged" and another comment from Seinfeld's Jason Alexander. The Television Academy responded as well tweeting, "Rest assured, the #Emmys are not rigged" along with a link to their voting process.

Trump has a long history of criticizing the Emmys both verbally and on Twitter, which was fueled by the first season of The Apprentice losing the best reality competition series award to The Amazing Race in 2004. Amazing Race continued to win in the category from 2003 through 2009, 2011 through 2012 and again in 2014, and Trump took to Twitter to air this thoughts.

"I got screwed out of an Emmy," said Trump about the awards show in 2004 in an Apprentice episode that aired years later on Jan. 19, 2015. "Everybody thought I was going to win it. In fact, when they announced the winner, I stood up before the winner was announced. And I started walking for the Emmy. And then they announced the most boring show on television, [CBS'] The Amazing Race. Piece of crap."

Trump, a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences since 2004, told The Hollywood Reporter in 2010: "It's a shame that Amazing Race keeps winning, because it doesn't deserve to win. It wins every year because they know how to politic the Emmys. Instead of shows that deserve to win, they pick Amazing Race. It's a very sad commentary ... it's a joke. If the Emmys want their ratings back, they have to pick shows that deserve it.'"

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