Conan O’Brien misplaced his final likelihood to win an Emmy for his TBS late-night collection on Sunday, however he nonetheless managed to steal the highlight on the ceremony that in any other case didn’t maintain too many surprises.
O’Brien offered a second of spontaneity when he ran on stage with Stephen Colbert and the staff behind the Showtime particular “Stephen Colbert’s Election Night time 2020,” which received the kudo for reside selection present particular.
O’Brien stood behind the staff, waving to the gang to increase his already towering six-foot-four body. “Saturday Night time Dwell” trouper Aidy Bryant, who introduced the reside selection particular kudo, appeared confused as she stood to the facet to offer the ground to Colbert and a big group of writers and producers.
Backstage, Colbert admitted that the 2 had hatched prematurely the plan for O’Brien to affix them on stage in the event that they received for selection particular. Each Colberta and O’Brien, together with “The Each day Present’s” Trevor Noah and “Jimmy Kimmel Dwell’s” Jimmy Kimmel misplaced within the selection discuss collection class to “Final Week Tonight With John Oliver.”
O’Brien had been seen as a sentimental underdog contender within the class provided that the popular star in June ended his practically 30-year run in late-night and 11 years on TBS with “Conan.” The previous writer-producer for “SNL” and “The Simpsons” went on digicam in 1993 when he succeeded David Letterman on NBC’s “Late Night time.”
Oliver himself gave fairly a hat tip to O’Brien as he accepted his sixth consecutive win within the selection discuss collection class. “Like many on this room, I used to be type of rooting for Conan O’Brien so that is bittersweet,” Oliver mentioned from the stage at L.A. Dwell.
Colbert and his “Election Night time” staff informed reporters within the Emmys digital backstage room, “We love Conan. We’re super-fans of Conan O’Brien.”
Colbert joked that O’Brien had labored on the “Election Night time” particular however wound up getting fired. “It was a budgetary factor,” Colbert mentioned. “They mentioned ‘Reduce individuals by peak.’ ”
O’Brien additionally drew laughs from the Emmy Awards crowd by standing to salute Tv Academy chairman Frank Scherma as he took the stage to introduce the Governors Award presentation to Debbie Allen, the multihyphenate triple menace who was lauded for her lengthy profession as an choreographer, actor, director and producer.
Business insiders and followers known as out O’Brien’s antics as a spotlight of the three-hour Emmy telecast that aired reside on CBS.