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“Why would you have an award show in the middle of the pandemic? No, I’m serious, I’m asking why are we having an award show during a pandemic,” joked the presenter, who touched on, among other topics, the upcoming election and the Hollywood shutdown in his opening remarks.

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As no guests were in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic, producers instead used historical crowd footage for cutaways during the speech.

“Of course, we don’t have an audience, this isn’t a MAGA rally, it’s the Emmys,” added Kimmel.

The Creative Arts Emmys streamed Monday through Thursday night, followed by a live ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 19. The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards airs Sunday, Sept. 20, on ABC.

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