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The Most Unbelievable Emmys Moments
The biggest names in television will hit Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater this weekend for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the star-studded evening is sure to produce the shocking twists and unscripted moments the show is famous for. Ahead of the 2016 ceremony, see 10 major moments from years past, ahead.
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The Original Wardrobe Malfunction
Barbara Stanwyck took home gold at the 1961 Emmy Awards, but not without a bit of a hiccup. The star landed the award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Series for her own The Barbara Stanwyck Show. When she stood to accept the statuette, however, her gown got stuck on her chair and required the aid of two men before she could take the stage.
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Alan Alda's Cartwheel of Victory
Already with three Emmys to his name, Alan Alda nabbed the award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series in 1979 for M*A*S*H. He then proceeded to do cartwheels down the aisle on his way to receive the statuette.
"The writing one meant so much," he told Variety earlier this year of the award. "I wanted to be a writer and a good writer since I was 8 years old. To get an Emmy for writing meant so much that that was really spontaneous when I did the cartwheel on the way to the stage."
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Candice Bergen's Revenge on Dan Quayle
Candice Bergen got the last laugh on the Emmys stage after feuding with Vice President Dan Quayle. The politician first targeted Bergen and the title character she played in Murphy Brown, saying in 1992, "It doesn't help matters when prime-time TV has Murphy Brown, a character who supposedly epitomizes today's intelligent, highly paid professional woman, mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice." Bergen hit back at Quayle as she accepted the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, making fun of Quayle's lack of spelling abilities and earlier comments. "I'd like to thank the vice president... and the cultural elite for recognizing me and Murphy once again," she said, going on to thank the show's writers for "not only writing these great words (in the show), but spelling them correctly."
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Helen Mirren’s Potty Mouth
Dame Helen Mirren was as regal as ever when accepting the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her work in Elizabeth I in 2006. After she gracefully took the stage, the first words out of her mouth were: "My great triumph is not falling ass over tit as I came up those stairs." After touching on the importance of strong writing and complex roles for women, she capped off her speech by telling the audience, "I can take my bloody shoes off now."
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Donald Trump's Overalled Appearance
Five years before he became the Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump was wearing overalls and a straw hat on the Emmys stage to perform with Megan Mullally. The politician carried a pitchfork and gave his rendition of the Green Acres theme song as a part of the ceremony's "Emmy Idol" bit. The actress addressed the duet in an interview with Conan O'Brien earlier this year, telling the comedian of Trump, "At the time he was just like the kooky guy from The Apprentice."
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Matthew Perry's Moment With Doris Roberts
Matthew Perry took the stage with his Friends costars Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer at the 2003 Emmys to present the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Doris Roberts was given the honor for her work on Everybody Loves Raymond and picked up an extra prize thanks to Perry. As the famed star accepted the statuette, Perry grabbed her face and kissed her on the lips, prompting Doris to start her speech by saying, "Wow! That was worth coming up here for."
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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Duet For the Ages
Jon Stewart teamed up with Stephen Colbert for the 2006 Emmy Awards. Colbert "brought the truth," starting the speech by calling the members of the Emmys audience "godless sodomites," and staying in character as he feuded onstage with his fellow Comedy Central personality. The two bantered back and forth, finally presenting the award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.
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Bryan Cranston and Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Embrace
Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the 2014 Emmys for her work on Veep, and celebrated by kissing Bryan Cranston. The actor, who once starred opposite Louis-Dreyfus on Seinfeld as Tim Whatley and presented with her earlier in the show, embraced her as she walked toward the stage, giving her a serious kiss.
"He's pretty good, right?" Louis-Dreyfus told ELLE.com of the kiss. "He went for it, man. I appreciate that. He goes for it in everything he does." She went on to add that the moment was slightly planned, explaining, "Bryan and I were talking on the phone about what we were going to do for the presenting bit — we were kind of going through it — and then it dawned on me that this would be a nice part three of the joke. So I asked my husband if he was okay with that, he said 'Sure,' and Bryan checked with his wife and she said 'Sure,' and we said we would go for it. But we wanted to really make sure the presenting stuff worked in and of itself. And obviously I might not have won. That was very stiff competition."
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Charlie Sheen's Apology
After a rough few years, Charlie Sheen used his time on the Emmys stage as a chance to make amends. He sent his best to the cast of Two and a Half Men, saying "From the bottom of my heart I wish you nothing but the best for this upcoming season."
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Merritt Wever's Big Moment
Merritt Wever stole the show at the 2013 Emmys when she accepted the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on Nurse Jackie. Clearly completely stunned by the honor, Wever said, "Thanks so much! Thank you so much! Um... I gotta go. Bye."