If Emmy producers had decided to go with a host this year, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel likely would have been in the candidate pool had the Emmys aired on the networks that carry their late-night shows. As presenters only at the Primetime Emmys on Sunday, the late-night hosts decided to give their tongue-in-cheek evaluation of the no-host decision.
“How’s the old ‘ no host’ going.” Colbert said, using air quotes. Said Kimmel, “What a dumb idea.” Added Colbert, “What a joke.” Chimed in Kimmel. “So stupid. You know what has a host, Applebee’s. has a host.”
The two immediately took to pouting about not getting tapped to host the show.
“You know who the real victims are up here, it’s us. You would have been a great host, Stephen,” Kimmel groused. “I know, I would have,” Colbert quipped back.
They praised themselves for their skills at late-night hosting: Kimmel said it takes real talent for a host “to be interested in Jason Bateman’s vacation stories” as the camera panned to mock-shocked Bateman in the audience. The also joked that not having a host was the reason the Titanic suffered its fate – but also won an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Watch on Deadline
And their dire onstage prediction that Alexa would someday host the Emmys (sorta) came true: the voice of Amazon’s Alexa appeared to give out the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Watch the video above.
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.