Emmy Awards TV Audience Hits All-Time Low

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Kimmel joked before her category was announced that the awards show would start to institute the "Maggie Smith Rule"-if you want your award, you have to show up to the ceremony to get it". Kimmel had presciently quipped early on that anyone without a dragon or White Bronco in the show might as well leave.

In his monologue, Kimmel reminded everyone that the TV world is more diverse than ever, then noted, "Here in Hollywood, the only thing we value more than diversity is congratulating ourselves on how much we value diversity".

Showrunner David Benioff told reporters: "We love Frasier and he had a long run and we're sure someone will come along and take it from us".

The People v OJ Simpson, a dramatic retelling of the football star's murder trial, was named best limited series, also earning awards for stars Courtney B Vance, Sterling K Brown and Sarah Paulson.

In the best actress in a comedy category, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won a fifth consecutive Emmy for her role as the hapless acting president on HBO's "Veep".

"I would like to dedicate this to my father, who passed away on Friday". And so Rami Malek's big win for Mr. Robot as lead actor in a drama was another indicator that the Emmys are ready to recognize the quality within outside-the-box shows.

"Transparent" star Jeffrey Tambor and series creator Jill Soloway spoke to improve the plight of the transgender community. "But it's good because people who do watch the show may not realize that the actress or actor up there feels that way towards a certain community".

"What stood out to me was some of these more modern dresses", said Rickie De Sole, W Magazine's fashion market and accessories director.

Kimmel even made comic hay after his late-night ABC show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live", lost out to John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" as outstanding variety series. I've never had the chance to do this before.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the awards saluted the excellence of the small screen's most celebrated talents.

During one pause in the trophy conveyor belt, Kimmel managed to make a freakish moment of things rarely combined - peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches, the TV show "Stranger Things" and O.J. Simpson. At one point, Bush played director when Kimmel forgot to leave the vehicle at the proper time, and later turned a flubbed line into a cantankerous tirade, yelling, "And shave the wig off your face you godless, shameless, stinking hippie". Kimmel opened up the night with direct jabs at the Republican nominee, blaming producer Mark Burnett for making Trump famous through the reality show "Celebrity Apprentice".