Emmys: Stephen Colbert Honors Hurricane First Responders, Asks Viewers to Donate

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"No one deserves a bigger gratitude than the first responders," Colbert said during his opening monologue.

After opening the 69th annual Emmys with a fun musical number, host Stephen Colbert took time to honor the first responders of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

“No one deserves a bigger gratitude that the first responders,” Colbert said during his opening monologue.

“They have been working tirelessly following the disasters in Texas and Florida. And we have to thank also the friends who showed up with the food, the neighbors with boats, the nuns with chainsaws, complete strangers who stepped up to help rebuild,” Colbert said.

The Late Night host then encouraged viewers and audience members to donate to Hand in Hand, a benefit for hurricane relief efforts.

In a lighthearted approach, Colbert then referred to Billy on The Street star and Emmy nominee, Billy Eichner, pretending to take calls while sitting in the audience.

"I believe Billy Eichner is still standing by to take your call. How’s it going Billy?" Colbert asked. 

The camera then focused on Eichner frustrated at Colbert for interrupting his phone call. “Stephen I’m on the phone! Please don’t embarrass me in front of Louis Anderson! Oh they just hung up,” Eichner joked as Anderson smiled and waved at the camera.

The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards is airing live on CBS from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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