Emmys 2016: Jimmy Kimmel slams Donald Trump
Jimmy Kimmel is no Jimmy Fallon.
The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host and emcee at the 68th annual Emmy Awards slammed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during his monologue on Sunday.
“Television can also tear us apart. If it wasn’t for television, would Donald Trump be running for president?” Kimmel asked. “No, he would be home right now quietly rubbing up against his wife [Melania] while she pretended to be asleep.”
Kimmel then took aim at producer Mark Burnett, the man behind Trump’s former reality show, The Apprentice.
“He’s sitting right there,” Kimmel said as the camera showed Burnett. “Thanks to Mark Burnett, we don’t have to watch reality shows anymore before we’re living in one.”
Speaking to Burnett from the stage, Kimmel asked, “Who do you have lined up to fill the spot on the Supreme Court? Miley Cyrus or Cee-Lo,” a reference to NBC series The Voice. Kimmel later added, “The first person we’re throwing over is Mark,” mocking Trump’s plan to build a wall between Mexico and the United States.
Kimmel wasn’t the only member of the Hollywood community to hit at Trump. During her acceptance speech for best actress in a comedy series, Veep actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus apologized “for the current political climate.” The actress added, “Our show started as a political satire, but it now feels like a sobering documentary,” and also joked about the border wall.
Later in the show, Aziz Ansari, a winner in the best comedy writing category, joked he was on Team Trump. “I’m recommending we get rid of all Muslim and Hispanic nominees immediately,” he said, also mocking the Oscars for its lack of diversity. “This would be so easy if it were the Oscars.”
Ansari then called out people in the crowd who he felt should be escorted out of the ceremony, including his parents and actress America Ferrera.