HOLLYWOOD — While Tony Bennett was a well-received Emmy winner at the ceremony hours before, his popularity among the TV intelligentsia was even more evident afterward at the Governors Ball.
Following a giant balloon that slowly floated down from the top of the tent, Bennett took to centerstage and, with the band backing him up, launched into a couple of tunes, including his signature number “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” much to the crowd’s delight.
Suddenly, the motor-like hum of the room quieted down as dozens of women rushed the stage, many with cameras in hand.
For those too busy munching on the Joachim Splichal-devised menu to focus on Bennett, partying and back-patting went on as usual.
Looking proud as a peacock, Lorne Michaels sat at the head of the “30 Rock” table, relishing the show’s comedy series win with well-wishers and show staffers.