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Emmys 2021 LIVE – Seth Rogen slams awards show for ‘unsafe’ Covid protocols & Cedric The Entertainer ripped as host

THE Emmy Awards were ripped by presenter Seth Rogen for its "unsafe" Covid protocols.

The star-filled awards show is being filmed in a massive closed tent in Downtown Los Angeles - though it was a requirement attendees got the Covid vaccine.

Meanwhile, host Cedric The Entertainer is being slammed for his "not funny" jokes that are "terrible and not landing with the audience."

Streaming services are poised for a triumphant night that will cast further shade on the status of broadcast networks, including the big three ABC, CBS and NBC, and once-dominant cable channels such as HBO and Showtime.

This year, about 500 nominees and guests will gather under a glammed-up tent in downtown L.A., with COVID-19 precautions including a vaccine requirement and testing.

There are big names among the presenters, including Angela Bassett, Michael Douglas, Dolly Parton, and Awkwafina, but at least one star, Jennifer Aniston, was candid about staying away because of virus concerns.

Read our Emmy Awards 2021 live blog for the latest news and updates...

  • BO BURNHAM FANS SLAM HAMILTON'S WIN

    After Hamilton took home the Outstanding Variety Special award at the Emmys, many fans argued that Bo Burnham's Inside should've taken home the award.

    "While I loved Hamilton, @boburnham#inside should've won," one fan wrote.

    "F**king Hamilton... Should have gone to Bo Burnham ... Hamilton has been out for YEARS!!!! 2015!!! So much more creative in writing, editing and direction... ugh. Annoying," another added.

    "Actually, as much as I love love LOVE Hamilton, it's wild to me that it won being that it was filmed FIVE years ago and Bo filmed his entire special last year in one room," a following viewer commented.

  • EMMY VIEWERS OUTRAGED OVER 'SEXIST' COMMENT FROM QUEEN'S GAMBIT

    The Queen's Gambit writer and director, Scott Frank, was slammed by fans for making a "sexist" comment about his star's "sexiness" while attempting to give female empowerment.

  • FANS FURIOUS EMMYS FOR SHUTTING OUT LOVECRAFT COUNTRY

    Viewers of the Emmys were upset that the awards show "shut out" HBO's Lovecraft Country.

    After not winning a single award on Sunday night, fans rushed to Twitter to rip the show for not giving any honors to the miniseries.

    One person wrote: "So LOVECRAFT COUNTRY is being completely shutout? Were we watching the same TV last year? It's bad enough they snubbed P-VALLEY and THE GOOD LORD BIRD."

    Another commented: "They didn’t give Michael K. Williams the Emmy on the year that he died. The Lovecraft Country snub happening is a lot. So much talent and good work."

    A third added: "Between cancellation and these #Emmys the amount of disrespect that’s been shown to a great show like #LovecraftCountry is unsettling."

  • EMMY VIEWERS SLAM THE CROWN AS 'NOT THAT GOOD'

    After winning numerous awards during Sunday's Emmys, fans rushed to Twitter to slam The Crown as "not that good" as it swept the drama categories.

    One person wrote: "I'm tired of The Crown."

    Another added: "The Crown's not that good."

    A third chimed in: "This might be an unpopular opinion, but I do not get the "The Crown." I've tried to watch multiple times over the various seasons and it always feels like homework.

  • BIG LOSS

    Hulu's The Handmaids Tale lost EVERY SINGLE ONE of their 21 nominations at the Emmys tonight.

    The number sets the record for the most losses in a single year.

    In previous years, the record was topped with AMC’s Mad Men which scored zero for 17 that occurred in 2012.

  • FANS SLAM THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT WIN

    With The Queen's Gambit often being praised for its female empowerment, a lot of viewers are thrilled the show around a young girl who takes over the male-dominated world of chess in the 1960's won Best Limited Series.

    However, many were outraged the show won over many other deserving series.

  • CHECKMATE!

    In the final award of the evening, The Queen’s Gambit won for Outstanding Limited Series.

    Many of the stars and writers for the show went on stage to accept the award. 

    The creator joked while thanking the viewers who told their friends: “dude, you got to watch this orphan girl chess drama.”

  • ALL HAIL THE QUEEN

    To close the ceremony, Adrien Brody presented the award for Outstanding Drama Series. 

    The Queen’s Gambit, Handmaid’s Tale, Lovecraft Country, Bridgerton, The Mandolorian, Pose, and This Is Us were all nominated. 

    However, to add to their many wins of the night, The Crown took home the top prize. 

    As they threw it back to London, England, the British crowd erupted with applause for the win.

  • TED LASSO STRIKES AGAIN

    Awkwafina introduced the award for Outstanding Comedic Series but awkwardly joked that her show was not nominated. 

    Ted Lasso picked up another prize of the evening and won the trophy. 

    The entire cast celebrated the big moment and went up on stage to claim their award while hugging each other with joy. 

  • TRAGIC TRIBUTE

    Uzo Aduba introduced the tragic In Memoriam part of the evening as Leon Bridges and Jon Batiste performed a special song. 

    Among the people who has passed in the last year who was honored include: Larry King, Christopher Plummer, Charlie Robinson, Markie Post and Alex Trebek.

    Hal Holbrook, Dustin Diamond, Jackie Mason, Charles Grodin, Jessica Walter, Cicely Tyson, Clarence Williams III, Ed Asner and Cloris Leachman were also included. 

    Biz Markie, Norm McDonald and Michael K Williams - who died just weeks ago - were the last three to be selected for the heartbreaking tribute. 

  • HISTORIC WIN

    Amy Poehler presented the Emmy for Variety Special Pre-Recorded. 

    The winner was the Broadway hit turned Disney Plus production, Hamilton. 

    Many stars from the show, including Leslie Odom Jr., accepted the award on stage. 

    However, creator and star Lin Manuel Miranda was noticeably absent from the ceremony. 

    "The curtains are going back up and the lights are going back on," they ended their positive speech.

  • PHOTOBOMBED 

    As Stephen picked up the Emmy for his political special, Conan O’Brien ran up on stage and stood behind the host as he accepted the award. 

    It appeared to be a joke as the red-haired comedian had nothing to do with Stephen’s show. 

    Fans appeared amused - though many were confused. 

  • COLBERT FOR THE WIN

    SNL star Aidy Bryant present the award for Outstanding Live Variety Special.

    Among the nominees were big-ticket show like the Grammys, the Oscars, The Weeknd’s Super Bowl show, Stephen Colbert’s election special. 

    Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand took home the prize.

  • 2022 PREDICTIONS

    Although tonight's award show is not even done, some Twitter users are already making predictions for next year's winners.

  • CROWNED AGAIN

    The Crown won yet another award on their already successful evening. 

    Josh O’Connor won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series for playing Prince Charles in the regal Netflix drama. 

  • MAKING HER DAD PROUD

    Olivia Coleman got emotional and broke down in tears as she accepted the award for Best Actress In A Limited Series. 

    She explained the emotions came after recently losing her dad. 

    The actress said: “I’m going to be short because I’m getting teary. 

    “My dad would have loved this, we lost him during Covid and I wish he could be here for this. Thank you.”

  • BIG LOVE, BIG BUCKS

    Close pals and Blackish costars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross presented the award for Lead Actress In A Drama Series. 

    “What we have is better than marriage, we have syndication,” Anthony joked before they presented the trophy. 

    “And we have each other,” Tracy responded. 

    Olivia Coleman won for playing Queen Elizabeth in The Crown. 

  • MEGHAN SLAMMS EMMYS

    The View alum Meghan McCain slammed the Emmy Awards on Twitter.

    The conservative TV host retweeted someone who criticized the Emmy Awards being held with many people as strict school mandates are used in most children's educations centers.

    "My kids eat their lunches on their laps in the school auditorium, facing forward and get yelled at if they talk to friends," the tweet Meghan retweeted read alongside a gif of two actress' hugging at the Emmys.

  • EWAN'S EMMY WIN

    Taraji P. Henson presented the award to TV’s biggest men for Lead Actor in a Limited Series. 

    Despite many wanting Hugh Grant to snag the prize for The Undoing, Ewan McGregor picked up the award. 

    He plays Halston in the Netflix show, Halston. 

  • KATE WINS BIG

    Sarah Paulson and Beanie Feldstein presented Best Actress In A Limited Series. 

    The award went to Kate Winslet for her role as Mare in the HBO drama Mare Of Easttown. 

    Kate appeared emotional as she won, and yelled “Mom they’re standing up” as a joke. 

    “I want to acknowledge my fellow nominees in this decade of women supporting each other. 

    “Mare Of Easttown gave people something together other than a global pandemic,” she gushed. 

  • DESERVING WIN

    Sir Patrick Stewart presented the Emmy for Writing For A Limited Series went to Michaela Coel for her incredible work in I May Destroy You. 

    As Michaela's name was read, she couldn't believe it and was overwhelmed with emotion.

    She looked incredible in a neon green crop top with matching skirt as she gave a speech about “not being afraid.” 

    “See what comes to you in the silence,” she said before she thanked her team. 

    “I dedicate this story to every single survivor of sexual assault, thank you,” she concluded her heartfelt speech. 

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