Seth Rogen jokingly complains about COVID protocols at the Emmys. The show quickly responded

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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 isn’t. They lied to me. Right now, we are in a hermetically sealed shelter. Rogen said, “I wouldn’t have come to that.” Rogen then deadpans to the crowd gathered in what Emmys organizers described as a “fully air-conditioned tent (that), will allow for more socially distant audience seating. “

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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. He smirked, clearly disapproving of the Emmy structure.

Emmys host Cedric the Entertainer and awards show DJ Reggie Watts offered quick pushback.

Before going to commercial break, Watts, who is the bandleader on “The Late Late Show With James Corden,” said that “despite what Seth might have said, we’re going to celebrate and party, but while we’re doing that we’re absolutely following all the health and safety guidelines that some really smart people asked us to do to keep us safe from COVID. “

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If that wasn’t enough, Cedric the Entertainer underlined the sentiment in his opening monologue:

“It actually feels amazing in here unlike what Seth (Rogen) was talking about. It’s good. All of us are vaxxed. To get here, we had to be vaxxed. I was vaxxed. I did not have a reaction like Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend. Because I am a bougie, I took Pfizer. Pfizer is the Neiman Marcus for vaccines. Moderna, Macy’s. Johnson & Johnson, TJ Maxx is that,” he stated.

According to Emmys organizers, tables were set at least 6 feet apart to meet COVID protocols and the audience was smaller than initially planned. The audience featured only nominees, who were each able to bring one guest, and each person was tested and vaccinated.

Some winners made reference to limited attendees onstage.

“I should start off by saying this is not everyone who writes on the show. Chrissy Shackelford accepted the award for the best writing for a variety program for HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. “

“The show sent the hottest writers, which I understand is kind of an oxymoron. “

More seriously, Debbie Allen, whose brilliant career was celebrated via the Governors Award, acknowledged the precarious position of children vs. COVID-19 in an inspirational speech that sought to empower women and protecting the health of the next generation.

Part of her message was delivered to ” young people who have no vote and who can’t even get a vaccine. They inherit the world we live in, and they will be able to make decisions about what we do. You have the power to speak your mind, your story, and your voice. It will make the world a better place. “

Contributing: Cydney Henderson

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