The Emmys got off to a fiery start on when Jennifer Aniston tried to put a small blaze in a trash can.
Aniston joined host Jimmy Kimmel onstage at the Staples Center in LA to present the award for lead actress in a comedy series (Spoiler: Katherine O’Hara won); all the nominees joined virtually.
In an effort to play up (and make light of) the importance of sanitation during COVID-19, Kimmel sprayed the envelope with Lysol, before dropping it into a trash can and lighting it on fire.
Aniston, armed with a fire extinguisher, proceeded to try and extinguish the small blaze so the duo could read the results. However, it took several tries to actually stop the fire and viewers could hear someone offstage say
“put it out”
Viewers at home expressed mix reactions about the bit.
“Little Fires Everywhere,” @Bielfelix_ tweeted, referencing the Emmy-nominated series starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon. @thenolagirl made a reference to Aniston’s series Friends, writing:
“The One with a Little Fire.”
Others felt the joke was in poor taste given the destruction California and the West have faced due to wildfires.
“HEY can we stop lighting fires in California thanks. why did the emmys light a fire as a joke…. right now… in california…”
But @hillhands excused the attempt at humor,
“This is a literal dumpster fire and im dying of laughter. But they’re trying and honestly what more can you ask of someone right now.”
This is a literal dumpster fire and im dying of laughter. But they’re trying and honestly what more can you ask of someone right now #Emmys— Hillary Handelsman (@hillhands) September 21, 2020
(via USA Today)