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This may be the most bizarre opening in Emmy history.
After Oprah’s bland scripted speech, the five reality hosts took the stage to … I’m hoping … kill time due to the next presenters being stalled by the security alert.
Their meandering exchange reads like some surreal off-Broadway play.
Howie Mandel: “We feel like the step child of television and for you to accept us …”
Jeff Probst: “We wanted to bring something to the party… television has been very good to Seacrest– “
[Annoying cross talk here as a couple hosts try to speak atonce … cross talk being one thing reality shows do painfully well]
Probst: “Two minutes into the show we have nothing for you.”
Ryan Seacrest: “If you look at the teleprompter, there is absolutely nothing there…”
Mandel: “We are like on Sarah Palin’s ‘Bridge to Nowhere.’ The government can’t even bail us out of this. This is serious. This is not a bit.”
Seacrest: “What is there to do …”
Probst: “By doing nothing we have fulfilled our obligation …”
Reporters in the press room exchange looks: What the hell is this?
After, Jeremy Piven wins supporting comedy actor for “Entourage” and reels about what just transpired.
“For the love of God, what if I just kept talking for 12 minutes?” he asks. “What would happen? That was the opening.”
BACKSTAGE: “This third one was more shocking than the firsttwo,” Piven says of his award, and is then asked to comment more about the reality hosts’ opening. He thankfully obliges.
“I thought we were being punk’d,” Piven says. “I was confused. [Inthe room] it was like in ‘The Producers’ when they do ‘Springtime forHitler.’ There’s a, ‘What was actually happening right now?’ There wasa great line about Sarah Palin that landed. But it wasconfusing. From Lucille Ball on, television has been so entertaining.And this was a celebration of nothingness. So it was confusing.”
Re: whether he’s going to overthrow Don Knott’s tally for supporting comedy actor Emmys.
“There’s not a moment that goes by that I don’t think: ‘When am I going to take Don Knotts down,'” he jokes.
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