Jimmy Kimmel 2020 Emmy Awards
Credit: ABC

Words: Chloe Watts

Jimmy Kimmel opened the 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards tonight at an empty Staples Centre in Los Angeles. With no audience in attendance, Kimmel delivered the opening monologue to old footage of dressed-up celebrities applauding.

This year, the Emmys along with many other ceremonies, have to navigate the unfamiliar waters that is hosting industry awards nights in the middle of a global pandemic. This small, yet challenging detail provided plenty of talking points for Kimmel amongst his usual opening monologue banter and he did not disappoint.

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Kicking things off, Kimmel welcomed the zoom-audience to the “Pand-Emmys!” and highlighted a shared aspect of a virus and an awards show noting “you can’t have a virus without a host”. With Schitt’s Creek being nominated for nine awards, Kimmel touched on having to display the show’s title every time it was mentioned to please network censors “HBO can show us a big blue penis, no problem. I can’t say the word ‘Schitt’s’ with a ‘c’”.

One of the funniest moments of the night so far, was when the Jimmy Kimmel Live! Host welcomed Jennifer Anniston on stage to deliver an award. To show the extreme COVID safety measures the Emmys have in place, Kimmel disinfected the envelope and threw it in a trashcan to burn the bacteria off it. Anniston was in charge of extinguishing the flames and after putting most of the trash can fire out, the two continued delivering the award to the camera.

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So engrossed with their duties, Kimmel and Anniston were unaware the trash can fire had reignited. An off-screen crew member alerted them to the raging trashcan fire. Anniston grabbed the fire extinguisher and gave it another dousing, permanently putting it out this time. It was all very symbolic and peak 2020.

Stay tuned for more.

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