And, in a way keeping up with the theme that Kimmel started, Variety Series victor John Oliver was asked if he thought he was responsible at all for creating Donald Trump-an extension of the argument that the media's exhaustive, profitable coverage of his controversies is fueling his success.
Bush got in a subtle dig at his former adversary: "If you have a positive campaign, the voters will ultimately make the right choice", Bush deadpanned.
-Kimmel's monologue featured jokes about O.J. Simpson, the diversity of this year's Emmys, the nudity in Game of Thrones and extensive commentary about how producer Mark Burnett is the one "responsible" for Donald Trump, since he also produced The Apprentice.
Following Courtney B. Vance's win as defence lawyer Johnny Cochran in the Emmy-sweeping series The People v. O.J. Simpson, Kimmel said: "I have to believe that Johnnie Cochran is somewhere smiling up at us tonight".
"I mean, if it wasn't for television would Donald Trump be running for president?" he asked rhetorically. I'm going on the record: "he's responsible if Donald Trump gets elected, and if he builds that wall, the first person we're throwing over it is Mark Burnett".
After winning best comedy actress for a fifth consecutive time for HBO's "Veep", Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays flawed USA president Selina Meyer on the show, said "I want to personally apologize for the current political climate". "I think Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics". "Our show started out as a political satire, but now seems like a documentary". The Emmy camera immediately cut to Burnett.
Backstage, things got even more specific, and harsh.
Backstage, "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway, who won best directing for a comedy series, criticized Trump for "other-izing people". This is otherizing with a capital O, and has been used in our history before to start and win wars, and he needs to be called out every chance he gets for being one of the most risky monsters to ever approach our lifetimes. He blames Muslim and Mexicans for our problems. Showrunner David Mandel honored her in his acceptance speech: "I know it sounds like we work a lot of hours, but this should be an easy job because I get to work with Julie Louis-Dreyfus, who just makes it easy". He makes fun of disabled people. "He's a complete unsafe monster and any moment that I have to call Trump out for being an inheritor to Hitler, I will".
Best comedy series writing victor Aziz Ansari, said, "he wanted everyone to know, after careful consideration, I am going with Trump", demanding they remove all Muslim and Hispanic nominees from the Emmy ceremony which he said would make things so much easier - "like the Oscars". "The more I learned about the real Marcia Clark, not the two-dimensional cardboard cutout that I saw on the news, but the complicated, whip-smart, giant-hearted, mother of two who woke up every day, put both feet on the floor, and dedicated herself to righting an unconscionable wrong", Paulson said, "the more I had to recognize that I, along with the rest of the world, had been superficial and careless in my judgment and I am glad to be able to stand here today in front of everyone and tell you I'm sorry". "You're not fooling anybody - you're out".