Seth Rogen attended the Emmys on Sunday night. His participation was notable for a few reasons. The first was how different he looked, at least to me. Heather from The Fug Girls suggested he was morphing into Josh Harnett, and I saw her point. He looked fantastic in an orange jacket with taupe shirt and bow-tie combination and brown slacks. But he was also sporting a very manicured look, which is a departure for him. The second reason Seth stood out is because he adamantly addressed the lack pandemic considerations of the event space. While Ken Jeong had that terrible vaccine card bit that tanked when he announced his category, Seth’s comments appeared unrehearsed. He seemed upset by the lack of precautions being taken. Seth walked on stage and commented on the venue being fully enclosed rather than open air and no social distancing. Other than his usually chuckle, he deadpanned his delivery, leaving most of us to wonder if he was joking or was it genuine criticism.
If the Emmys were designed to transport viewers from the pandemic for a few carefree hours, Seth Rogen wasn’t playing along.
The comedic writer and actor, making the night’s first awards presentation, questioned whether an event that touted its COVID-19 protocols was living up to its promises.
Before presenting the award for best supporting actress in a comedy series to winner “Ted Lasso” star Hannah Waddingham, Rogen offered up some jokes, but they sounded more like a complaint.
“They said this was outdoors. It’s not. They lied to us. We’re in a hermetically sealed tent right now. I would not have come to this,” Rogen deadpanned to the audience gathered in what Emmys organizers have described as “a fully air-conditioned tent (that) will allow for more socially-distanced audience seating.”
He took issue with the guest spacing – “There is way too many of us in this little room” – but he saved his biggest complaint for the tent’s ceiling.
“It’s more important that we have three chandeliers than that we make sure we don’t kill Eugene Levy tonight. That is what has been decided,” he cracked, clearly disagreeing with the decision on the Emmy structure.
For those watching, both DJ Reggie White and host Cedric the Entertainer tried to correct the perception following Seth’s turn at the mic. They each name-checked Seth and cited the event’s safety protocols. Reggie told the audience they were, “following all the health and safety guidelines that some really smart people asked us to do to keep us safe from COVID.” And Cedric talked about how everyone attending had to be vaccinated, turning it into a bit by ranking the vaccines in order of how “bougie” they were. I believe Seth was being sincere. He made his comments funny, but he was upset. And I think the fact that both Reggie and Cedric were told to comment to the contrary confirms that. I’m not looking to make trouble, but if Seth was told he would be in a well-spaced, open-air environment and showed up to what we saw, I could see why he would be angry.
Last reason Seth’s appearance as noteworthy was he that presented Hannah Waddingham with her Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series statue. Only he announced the winner as “Hannah Waddington.” Hannah was so excited, she didn’t even know about the blunder until she reached the press room and they informed her. Hannah didn’t dwell on it, she simply said she’ll, “have to call him Seth Ragin.” Her co-star Brett Goldstein, however, morphed into Roy Kent and declared, “He’s dead.” Which is why we must always give the Ted Lasso cast awards. They’re just plain entertaining at everything.
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