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An entourage of hosts? No, thanks

September 22, 2008|Maria Elena Fernandez

Jeremy Piven raised eyebrows when he picked up the telecast's first trophy, for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy, and promptly dissed the chaotic Emmy telecast's opening by the show's five hosts -- Ryan Seacrest, Jeff Probst, Tom Bergeron, Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum. Backstage, he continued the rant.

"I thought we were being punked as an audience," Piven said, as he swigged a flute of champagne. "I was confused. It was awkward. Like that moment in the movie 'The Producers,' there was 'Springtime for Hitler.' In that moment, you asked what's actually happening. I was confused, as I'm sure you were."

-- Maria Elena Fernandez

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