Reality TV Star Turned Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Mocked at the Emmys
Held exactly 50 days before the election, politics was on the mind of many stars on the Emmys stage Sunday night.
Bryan Cranston, who portrayed President Lyndon B. Johnson in the HBO film All The Way, gave Inside Edition his take on the current political landscape.
“I think Lyndon would be very happy to know that there is a real chance that we may have the biggest turnout in our nation’s history,” he said.
Donald Trump took a beating during the show as host Jimmy Kimmel filled the night with jokes about the Republican presidential candidate.
“If it wasn’t for television, would Donald Trump be running for president? No. He would be at home rubbing up against his wife, Malaria, when she pretends to be asleep,” the host joked.
The audience laughed and gasped at Kimmel calling Trump’s wife by the wrong name. It is still unclear if it was intentional or a Freudian slip.
Kimmel blamed Trump’s candidacy on producer Mark Burnett who created the real estate mogul’s show — The Apprentice.
“Thanks to Mark Burnett, we don’t have to watch reality shows anymore because we are living in one,” Kimmel said.
Actress America Ferrera also referenced Trump’s reality show history.
While presenting the Outstanding Reality category, she said that a career in reality TV could lead “to the White House. That was not a joke — that is reality.”
When actor Courtney B. Vance won his Emmy for portraying Johnnie Cochran in The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, he showed support for Hillary Clinton.
"Obama out, Hillary in," he said.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her fifth straight Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy in Veep and took a dig at the Republican nominee.
“I'd like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate. I think that Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics," she said. "Our show started out as a political satire, but it now feels more like a sobering documentary. So I certainly do promise to rebuild that wall and make Mexico pay for it."
After winning his award for Outstanding Variety Series, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver was asked backstage by reporters if he was responsible for the rise of Donald Trump in politics.
Quick on his feet, Oliver roasted the reporter, saying: “Thank you, yes, it was an honor to win," Oliver said. "Do I feel responsible for Trump? The short answer to that is no and the slightly longer answer is no, of course I f***ing don't."