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“Don’t be afraid to make fun of Donald Trump in Manhattan,” Seth Meyers told guests at the Museum of the Moving Image’s industry tribute to the Late Night host and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos at the St. Regis Hotel on Monday night.
“He’s banned until he allows The Washington Post to cover his rallies. If he did that, we’re happy to have him,” Meyers told reporters on the red carpet, reiterating the Trump prohibition he announced on his show last week while indicating that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee isn’t a fan. “I should make it clear, he has no interest in coming on my show and has always made it clear he’s not doing my show. So this is not a ban of courage.”
CNN anchor Jake Tapper presented Meyers with his honor, and comedian Michelle Wolf, who used to write for Meyers’ show, performed a stand-up set as well. The Late Night host joked that the stars saluting him weren’t as fancy as the ones honoring Sarandos, who was presented with his award by Ashton Kutcher, who stars in Netflix’s The Ranch, and Orange Is the New Black star Uzo Aduba. Jeff Garlin also performed a stand-up set before Aduba and Kutcher took the stage, during which he teased Kutcher for being good looking and famous.
“You’re loaded. You’ve got a new ranch show, and every morning you look in the mirror and see that face,” said Garlin, who directed and stars in the upcoming Netflix film Handsome.
“It is really nice being this good looking,” Kutcher joked back from the podium. “And then I’m rich and famous. Life’s good.”
Kutcher and Garlin both argued that Netflix has revolutionized the way television is consumed. “Netflix has completely destroyed how I watch TV. I’m mad,” Garlin said.
Daredevil star Charlie Cox was also on hand, and he reflected on how he thinks Netflix has not only changed how television is viewed but also how series are produced. “They meet someone who’s got an idea, a vision, someone they want to put on, and they either back them or they don’t,” Cox said. “That’s why they’ve been so successful with so many of their shows, because one person’s vision realized is so much more interesting.”
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While Cox says he’s not a binge watcher, he did plow through House of Cards and seemed a bit starstruck when he encountered Michael Kelly, the actor who plays Doug Stamper, on the carpet. Kelly added that he’s proud of how House of Cards and how Netflix have changed the game. “I’ll tell my kids someday when they get a little older, ‘You know how you watch TV? We started that,’” Kelly said.
But for Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria, the joy of Netflix is how the streaming service pushes the envelope. “We get away with things that no other network can get away with, period. Our show would have never have aired on HBO or Showtime or any of the other considered ‘edgy’ networks,” she said. “Every season they do something you’ve never seen on television. You don’t generally get to see people strap on a big dildo and bang a girl, either, but I sure did it last season!”
On the carpet, Sarandos talked about how Netflix’s release strategy is about “consumer choice.”
“If you want to watch one a week, go ahead,” he said. “But most people want to watch more than one at a time, especially if the storytelling’s great.”
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