Jimmy Kimmel had big shoes to fill as the host of this year’s Emmys. It seems like every funny man and woman in Hollywood has hosted the event but when they come up short, the critics can be brutal. But the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host kicked things off with something that never fails, insulting the guests.
No one was safe when Kimmel took the stage for his opening montage. Kimmel took a page out of Ricky Gervais’ hosting book and insulted almost every nominee in the room. He took stabs at Cat Deeley, Jon Hamm and Steve Buscemi, which the “Boardwalk Empire” star didn’t find too funny.
But Mitt Romney was the first victim of the night. When talking about what he finds fascinating about PBS’ drama ‘Downton Abbey,’ Kimmel said, “It really gives you a sense of what it must have been like to grow up in Mitt Romney’s house.”
When talking about Obama’s love of ‘Homeland,’ “I don’t think the president should be watching ‘Homeland’ for the same reason I don’t think Charlie Sheen should be watching ‘Breaking Bad.’”
Halfway through the show, Kimmel tried to punk those at home who weren’t watching. The host asked viewers to tweet and post on Facebook, “OMG Tracy Morgan just passed out onstage at the Emmys, turn ABC on now.”
He then brought up “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan and asked him to lay on the stage. But first, Morgan asked Kimmel to hold his nunchucks.
“Just lay there for about 10 minutes or so and when people tune in they’ll see this on the stage,” Kimmel said. Morgan continued to lay there as Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton presented the award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
Kimmel’s next bizarre stunt involved Josh Groban, One Direction and Obama. Groban came on stage to serenade Kimmel with One Direction’s hit “What Makes You Beautiful” to a montage of Kimmel’s best moments from “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” as well as a shot of him embracing Obama at an event.