The Best and Worst Moments of the 2017 Emmys – New York Times

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“If he had won an Emmy, I bet he wouldn’t have run for president,” Mr. Colbert said. “So in a way this is all your fault.” —Jeremy Egner

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The former White House press secretary appeared on stage behind a rolling lectern.

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Sean Spicer Goes Hollywood

Sean Spicer was the star of one of 2017’s buzziest shows, a short-lived comedy-drama that blurred the lines between fact and fiction. The Emmys couldn’t resist calling the former White House press secretary out to parody his own performance (with Melissa McCarthy in the audience).

“This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period!” he said, recalling his stone-faced exaggeration about Donald J. Trump’s inauguration. (“That really soothed my fragile ego,” said Stephen Colbert.) It was jarring, on a night wall-to-wall with jokes and earnest speeches about the Trump administration, to see one of its alumni trotted out like a reality-TV breakout character. But if the appearance was an attempt to rehab Mr. Spicer’s public image, the price was admitting that his credibility was now a punch line. — James Poniewozik

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Alec Baldwin accepting the award for best supporting actor in a comedy series.

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President Trump, Emmy Punching Bag

He wasn’t in the building, but President Trump had a large presence at the Emmy Awards.

“However you feel about the president — and you do feel about the president — you can’t deny that every show was influenced by Donald Trump in some way,” Mr. Colbert said in his opening monologue.

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After Mr. Colbert razzed President Trump for never winning an Emmy for “Celebrity Apprentice,” Alec Baldwin, who won best supporting actor in a comedy for his portrayal of Mr. Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” picked up the theme.

“I suppose I should say at long last, Mr. President, here is your Emmy,” he said.

In some cases, the references were coy. Julia Louis-Dreyfus said “Veep” writers had scrapped a story line about impeachment “because we were worried that someone else might get to it first.” Tatiana Maslany, introducing the best actress in a drama category, said the Claire Underwood character from “House of Cards” would be a great president because “she doesn’t tweet.”

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From left, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda at the Emmy Awards.

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When Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin presented together, forming a reunion of their 1980 movie, “Nine to Five,” Ms. Fonda noted that in the movie, they “refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.” Ms. Tomlin added: “And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”

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