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Jimmy Kimmel's Opening Monologue Makes the Emmys Great Again

The host took some little jabs at the TV industry in his opening monologue

Liam Mathews

Jimmy Kimmel started off the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards with a snarky opening monologue that gently sent up Hollywood's sense of self-importance. It was the late-night host's second time hosting the Emmys, and he made the best of his platform.

He opened the monologue by running into the audience and giving an Emmy to Jeffrey Tambor, the favorite to win for his performance on Transparent. Kimmel joked about how predictable the winners were likely to be.

"If your show doesn't have a dragon or a white Bronco, you can go home now," he said, referencing The People v. O.J. Simpson and Game of Thrones, who have 22 and 23 nominations, respectively.

He then moved on to Sarah Paulson's date Marcia Clark, who prosecuted O.J. Simpson in the trial The People v. O.J. Simpson is based on. He asked her if this time, she wanted O.J. to win.

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He took a little bit of a political stance, too, asking "Who is to blame for Donald Trump?" The answer: Mark Burnett, creator of The Apprentice.

"If [Trump] builds that wall, the first person going over it is Mark Burnett. The tribe has spoken," he joked, referencing another Burnett show, Survivor.

His political stance tacitly jabbed at his late night rival Jimmy Fallon, who came under fire for an obsequious interview with Trump on The Tonight Show earlier this week.

Before the monologue, there was a fake news report with Malcolm-Jamal Warner driving Kimmel to the Emmys in a white Bronco, a joke referencing the former Cosby kid's role on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. He then jumped into a minivan with the cast of Modern Family and a Range Rover with James Corden, a reference to Corden's Emmy-winning "Carpool Karaoke" bit on the Late Late Show. They also dressed up as Wham! He then ran into Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, whose presidential limo was being driven by Jeb Bush, who joked he was between jobs. Then he jumped onto the back of a dragon with Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke and drakaris-d Ryan Seacrest.