“Hello and welcome to Pand-Emmys,” Kimmel announced at the top of the show to make the audience laugh. No, there was no audience, but the producers intertwined Kimmel̵
7;s jokes with scenes of old Emmy audiences full of reactions and laughter. And in case people at home didn’t understand the joke, Kimmel eventually explained that he was actually hosting in front of no one. (Except for Jason Bateman, who was the only one present next to a pile of cardboard clippings.)
It was strange, but no stranger than hosting a pandemic.
Kimmel began, as hosts usually do: abandoning the program itself. “Why would you hold a prize in the midst of a pandemic?” He asked. “Not seriously, I ask: why would you have a reward in the midst of a pandemic?” He said it was “frivolous and unnecessary” as it is every year, but said the show was happening because in a year of misery , Illness, Zoom School, Disaster and Death ”), anyone can use entertainment.
“The world may be terrible, but television has never been better,” Kimmel said.
After a few jokes about Quibi (“the dumbest thing that ever cost a billion dollars”) and assurances that the virtual show is completely safe (“This isn’t a MAGA rally, this is an Emmy”), Kimmel showed everyone a giant screen with all the virtual nominees at home and the show began.