Earlier this week, a whopping 63.7 percent of voting Californians shot down an attempt to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. He doesn’t get a golden trophy for the big win but, hey, he gets to keep his job—and he even got a shout out at the Emmys.
Nominee Stephen Colbert riffed on the blowout before he presented the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, swapping Newsom out for 2018 Best Comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
“But first I have the results of the special recall election for the 2018 Emmy for Outstanding Comedy,” Colbert said. “As you remember, that year The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was duly elected with an overwhelming majority, but California law does allow for the recall of any Emmy award if enough signatures are first obtained, meaning the 2018 Emmy winner for Best Comedy could soon be The Marvelous Mrs. Larry Elder. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Mrs. Maisel has survived the recall and will remain marvelous. Congratulations. And it only cost California $275 million.”
The bit got big laughs from the crowd, but conservative Twitter was less amused …
Just turned the Emmys off after @StephenAtHome just had to get political…forgetting that about half the country are conservative! #Emmys @colbertlateshow And why is it ok for a white person to make fun of Larry Elder, a black man? I think we all know.
— Dianna (@DiannaOpinion) September 20, 2021
It took Stephen Colbert all of 5 seconds to get political. Taking the easy road again on same old material. Just when I thought I could enjoy a show w creative humor. #Emmys
— Daniel (@DLuna13th) September 20, 2021
@TheEmmys What a tasteless an poor decision on behalf of the producers and writers to make that stupid joke about @larryelder that Stephen Colbert just said. #tacky #tastelesswriting #growup #keeppoliticsoutofawardshows
— Gigi Goyette (@gigimalibu) September 20, 2021
Guess they probably hated the Mike Pence-fly bit too.
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