The day after the Emmys, the media drools all over the glamorous winners and the first-time trophy holders with exuberant thank-you speeches. But I'd like to draw your attention to another major player at the Emmys. One who never quite made it into the spotlight, but was dancing on its cusp through the whole Emmy ordeal.
Joel McHale, your valiant efforts did not go unnoticed.
The star of Community was all over the Emmys except for the winner's circle or even the nominees' circle. But even though he didn't have to bite his nails in anticipation of earning his first Emmy, he did all his chores with a smile and in good spirit.
Let's start almost two months ago, before the nominees we even knew who was up for what award. McHale, along with Modern Family's Sophia Vergara, woke up at the buttcrack of dawn to announce the nominees--a job that's been typically rewarded with an Emmy nomination. McHale was not nominated. Vergara was. It was a bit of a slap in the face.
Last year, The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons and Grey's Anatomy's Chandra Wilson read off the nominations. They were both nominated. The year before that, Pushing Daisies' Kristin Chenoweth and How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris announced the nominations. They were both nominated. And the year before that, The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick and Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer gave us the scoop on nominations. You can guess what I was going to say next. The last time a host of the nominations announcement wasn't given an Emmy was in 2006, when Brad Garrett handled the duties. But Garrett wasn't even on a show at the time. His co-host, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, was nominated.
Then we see McHale, with his Community classmates, leading the way in a series of hilarious adverts for Infiniti that played during the ceremony.
And finally, when it's McHale's turn to present an Emmy, he's trotted out alongside... Survivor host Jeff Probst? Everyone else got to run out with some super smokin' hot babe, and McHale gets Probst? Totally weaksauce, man.
All this in the face of Community--arguably the freshest network comedy on television--getting zero Emmy nominations.
Obviously the presentation was an NBC affair and McHale was probably just doing what he was told, but he deserves a shout out to know that his efforts were recognized.
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