Comedian Seth Meyers Took This Jab at Network Television to Kick Off the Emmy Awards

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emmy Award host Seth Meyers kicked off the ceremony Monday by tweaking his home network, NBC, and other broadcasters for being eclipsed in the awards by cable series and online newcomers like “Orange Is the New Black.”

Host Seth Meyers speaks at the Television Academy’s 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Press Preview Day and Red Carpet Rollout at Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images) 

Noting that the Emmys moved to Monday night to avoid a conflict with Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, he said that MTV doesn’t really specialize in videos anymore.

“That’s like network TV holding an awards show and giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix. That would be crazy,” Meyers joked.

[sharequote align=”center”]”That’s like network TV holding an awards show & giving all the trophies to cable and Netflix. That would be crazy.”[/sharequote]

All eyes were on the telecast for history to be made. Netflix’s freshman comedy series nominee “Orange Is the New Black” and sophomore drama series contender “House of Cards” could score breakthroughs as the first online shows to capture top Emmy Awards.

Although the Emmys are about celebrating the best of TV, they also include “in memoriam” tributes to industry members who died in the past year. Among those who will be remembered: Robin Williams, with Billy Crystal honoring his longtime friend and fellow comedian and actor.