What was so controversial about the Emmys?
It became obvious almost three hours into Sunday’s broadcast of the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards that what was being cut out was much more interesting than what was being left in.
With visions of FCC fines likely dancing in their heads, Fox seemed more concerned with editing potentially embarrassing moments than making a concise and entertaining show.
First, Ray Romano’s stage time was blacked out when Romano joked about Patricia Heaton, his former Everybody Loves Raymond wife, sleeping with her new co-star Kelsey Grammer, but Ray’s language was a bit too salty for Fox, who cut the feed for a few seconds.
Katherine Heigl (top) won best supporting actress or her role as Izzie Stevens (TV’s most annoying medical intern) in Grey’s Anatomy — saying “My own mother told me I didn’t have a shot in hell at winning tonight” — and also mouthed another expletive, which was caught onscreen despite Fox’s attempts to hide it .
Finally, Sally Field (above right) shrilly shouted down her speech-ending music to rail about mothers ruling the world and ... silence — the apparent victim of using more NSFW language.
But the field was so varied and the winners so scattered (what was up with that in-the-round stage?) the show continued to bore up to the final minutes, when The Sopranos won for ... CUT TO BLACK
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