Stephen Colbert Reveals the One Topic That’s Off Limits at the Emmys

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Preparation is officially underway for the 69th Emmy Awards, and host Stephen Colbert said so far there’s only one topic off limits for Sunday night’s broadcast — his butt.

“I shot a piece already where I was buck naked and they said, ‘You can’t show your butt,'” Colbert told Variety. “I said, ‘What? This is the 21st Century.’ I’m very butt positive. Why can’t I show my butt? Just a little bit of butt crack. How does that hurt anyone?”

Colbert was joined by executive producers Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner, and Television Academy chairman and CEO Hayma Washington at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday morning to roll out the official red carpet ahead of the Emmys.


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Before unveiling the carpet, they announced that “Hamilton” breakout Christopher Jackson will perform during the In Memoriam segment of the ceremony, while Norman Lear and Carol Burnett will be presenting one of the 27 awards of the night.

“It’s an honor to be hosting the Emmys this year. It’s even more of an honor to be installing the carpet,” Colbert joked to the crowd of reporters. “So few people know just how much manual labor is involved in hosting the Emmys every year.”

Colbert also shared that — spoiler alert — everyone will win this year. “It’s an incredibly fun show to go to every year — if you win. If you lose, it’s an enormous waste of time,” he said. “We want everyone to have fun, so everyone will win the Emmy this year.”

But with Emmy-favorite HBO’s “Game of Thrones” absent from this year’s nominations, Weiss said it’s anyone’s game.


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“With ‘Game of Thrones’ not eligible, it’s not a forgone conclusion anymore,” Weiss said. “This is more of a horse race, which is great for the people at home watching. It’s something more to root for.”

And though Colbert is used to delivering a monologue nightly on “Late Show,” he said an added challenge is having a whole week to prepare.

“It’s going to be similar in that we will probably write it at the last minute. That’s the nature,” he said. “We write it every day as late as we can so we can talk about the news that just happened that day. I know we won’t until the last minute, and that’s going to drive me to drink.”

On a more serious note, Colbert said he plans to use the show as a platform to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

“I hope more than anything else that the big news that comes out this week is something you can’t make a joke about, which is that these people are getting their lives back together,” he said.

The Emmy Awards will be telecast live from the Microsoft Theater on Sunday at 5 p.m. PT on CBS.

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  1. Kenneth Jorgensen says:

    Colbert has already made an a$$ of himself by giving Trump the Nazi salute. Why not let him finish the job by showing off his rump; he’s apparently proud of it?

  2. skeo says:

    Don’t watch this guy or the Emmy show! This isn’t entertainment its lets slam the President of the USA!

    Stick it to these anti-Amercans who have forgotten what entertainnment.

  3. Linda says:

    I won’t be watching. I used to watch the Emmys for entertainment. Pushing a political agenda pushed me away. . Steve can do his Nazi salutes to his commie liberal’s. Damn hypocritical of him.

  4. Maleen Swartz says:

    One item huh? How about Gay jokes. How about Hillary’s ridiculous excuses? How about all the murders in the Chicago gun free city? How about how much in debt all the states are that have Democratic Governors? How about Democratic SEnator Mendez? How about the combined IQ’s scores of the Hollywood celebrities that keep breaching about Trump?

  5. MclmG says:

    Colbert’s wit is a gem. His show brought me back to watching TV again

  6. Babeblue says:

    Judging by some of these comments, it’s time to call the Waaaambulance cuz the Trumpkins are bleating like unfed sheep already! Wow what a bunch of babies…..but to be expected. Look at their role model. Lol

    • Kaboom! says:

      And your role model is…..Hillary and her shrieking of What Happened???? Who is crying in their spilt milk more, her or you? My vote is on you, spoiled baby that didn’t get your way. Pathetic and sad that your role model is a loser.

  7. RyanSS says:

    The awards shows this season will be even worse than last year. One thing is clear: Hollywood learned nothing from a year ago. Everyday Americans don’t care about your rehashed political tantrums or sly remarks at every opportunity like school children who didn’t get their way. Can’t wait to not watch.

  8. Mr. Beepo says:

    Can’t wait to not watch this or anything else involving the amazingly unfunny, intolerant and hateful former Mr. Goodwrench.

    • Jenn says:

      I agree – he’s the worst — dancing around grinning like an idiot magical elf. Dude, you’re a 50-something man. Oh, and all your political ranting did sod all. Trump won. So, just shut it.

    • Dennis Hort says:

      How touching, then, that you managed to find this article and cared enough to be the very first to comment!

      I’m looking forward to Colbert’s hosting stint, so will be enjoying it with friends while you squat miserably under your bridge.

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