President Trump Mocks Emmy Low Ratings
President Donald Trump won’t let the Emmys get the last laugh after host Stephen Colbert delivered jabs at him at the Sunday ceremony. Still paying a lot of attention to Emmys despite previously complaining that he never won any trophy for “The Apprentice”, he mocked the 2017 annual event over its low ratings.
“I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night – the worst ever,” he sarcastically wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, September 19. “Smartest people of them all are the ‘DEPLORABLES.’ ”
Unlike what Trump wrote, though, the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards was held on Sunday night, not Monday.
This year’s Emmys indeed only delivered 11.4 million viewers. It narrowly avoided posting an all-time lowest rating, which has been held by last year’s ceremony with an average of 11.3 million viewers for the night.
During the show, Stephen Colbert made a lot of jokes about Trump in his opening number and monologue. “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus sang, “Imagine if your president was not beloved by Nazis,” while “The Americans” star Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys joined Colbert to poke fun at President Trump’s close relationship with Russia.
He also reminded everyone how Trump wanted to win an Emmy so bad. “If he’d won [an Emmy], I bet he would not have run for president. So, in a way this is your fault,” Colbert scolded the audience. “I thought you people loved morally compromised anti-heroes!” He added, though, that Trump didn’t win because “unlike the presidency, the Emmys go to the winner of the popular vote.”
Toward the end of the monologue, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a surprise cameo to brag about the number of Emmy audience. “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period! Both in person and around the world!” he said on a podium that he brought himself.