Trump gets skewered, Clinton finds support at TV's Emmy awards

Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:34pm EDT
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the U.S. presidential election draws near, television's stars didn't hold back on their opinions at Sunday's Emmy awards, some taking jabs at Republican nominee Donald Trump while others voiced support for Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton.

During his opening monologue, Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel called out producer Mark Burnett, the producer of reality series "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice" which Donald Trump hosted, saying "who is to blame for the Trump phenomenon? That guy."

"If Donald Trump gets elected and he builds that wall, the first person we are throwing over it is Mark Burnett," Kimmel said, setting the political tone of the show 50 days before America elects its next president.

Burnett, who later accepted the best reality series Emmy for "The Voice," joked on stage that he had just received a call from Clinton criticizing Kimmel for giving Trump "free publicity on ABC."

"I'm sure Donald was thrilled with him, I'm sure he's emailing Jimmy right now saying thanks for the free media," Burnett told reporters backstage.

Trump, known for his rapid-fire responses on Twitter, had nothing to say about the Emmys on Sunday night.

After winning best comedy actress for a fifth consecutive time for HBO's "Veep," Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays flawed U.S. president Selina Meyer on the show, said "I want to personally apologize for the current political climate."

"I think that 'Veep' has torn down the wall between comedy and politics; our show started out as a political satire but it now feels like a sobering documentary," she said on stage.   Continued...

 
Host Jimmy Kimmel closes the show at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Blake