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Jimmy Kimmel Opens the Show
This year’s host, Jimmy Kimmel, opened the night with a monologue that called out annual no-show Maggie Smith (“She’s Downton absent is what she is”) and poked fun at Hollywood’s diversity problem (“Here in Hollywood, the only thing we value more than diversity is congratulating ourselves on how much we value diversity”) — but he had to make it to the show first. Before he took the stage of the Microsoft Theater and kicked off the ceremony, we saw a pre-taped sequence in which Kimmel traveled to the show by hitching a ride with Modern Family’s Dunphys, Veep’s Selina Meyer’s presidential motorcade (chauffeured by none other than Jeb Bush), and James Corden, who belted “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” with Kimmel before kicking the Emmy host out of his car as punishment for his unforgivably bad carpool karaoke-ing. After Kimmel said a prayer to the great TV goddess (Oprah), Game of Thrones’ Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen swooped down on one of her dragons and transported him the rest of the way (but not before scorching Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet).
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September 18 2016 — 11:26 PM EDT