Late-night talk show personality and host of the 2017 Emmys Stephen Colbert made fun of President Trump on Sunday in his opening monologue at the awards show.
“The biggest TV star of the last year is Donald Trump. And, you know, Alec Baldwin. You guys are neck and neck, and Alec, you are up against a lot of neck,” Colbert said to laughs, talking about Baldwin’s “Saturday Night Live” impersonation of the president.
“You cannot deny every show has been influenced by Trump in some way,” Colbert said. “All the late night shows, ‘House of Cards,’ ‘American Horror Story’ and next year’s Latin Grammys, hosted by Sheriff Joe Arpaio,” talking about the former Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff that Trump pardoned earlier this year.
Colbert also joked about Trump, former host of the reality TV show “The Apprentice,” for not winning an Emmy during his time on TV.
“The Apprentice” aired on NBC from 2004 and 2010, and was followed by the “Celebrity Apprentice” spinoff. During that time, the show managed to be nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program twice, but lost both times to “The Amazing Race.”
“We all know the Emmys mean a lot to Donald Trump. Because he was nominated multiple times for ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and never won. He never won. Why didn’t you give him an Emmy? If he had won an Emmy, I bet he wouldn’t have run for president,” Colbert joked Sunday. “In a way, this is all your fault. I thought you people love morally compromised anti-heroes. You love Walter White. He’s Walter-much-whiter.”
Colbert also sarcastically thanked Trump for watching the show, welcoming the president’s comments on the event on Twitter.