With Stephen Colbert as host of the 2017 Emmys Awards, two things were bound to happen: there would be many very good jokes, and there would also be many very good political jokes. Colbert is known for some of the best comedic political commentary on late night television, and as this is the first Emmy awards since Trump has taken office, the stage was set for some bold political statements tonight. Colbert said it himself in his cold opening: the biggest TV star of the year is Donald Trump, but Alec Baldwin is a very close second, for nothing more than his excellent stint impersonation of Trump on SNL.
And the voters agreed: Baldwin won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for just that impersonation. He did not, either unfortunately or thankfully, depending on how you feel about it, accept the award with a reprisal of his Trump bit. In fact, Baldwin himself has announced that he's hung that hat up, announcing that his performance during the 42nd season finale of SNL this year would be his last.
One more time... pic.twitter.com/cJtV9yTANF— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) May 20, 2017
A nod to the reason he was up onstage was inevitable during his acceptance speech, but Baldwin started off his acceptance speech especially strong: "I suppose I should say: 'At long last, Mr. President, here's your Emmy.'"
After giving the typical round of thanks to those who allowed him to be honored with the award, Baldwin touched on politics again, noting that when you die, it won't be a bill signed by Congress or what the president said that you'll be thinking about. Instead, it's a book, a song, or a piece of art that really stays with you.
"What we do is important; to all of you out there in motion pictures and television, don't stop doing what you're doing, the audience is counting on you," Baldwin said.