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EMMY AFTERMATH

The buzz continued the day after TV's big night, with tales of Kanye West, Fox censors and a coded message.

The Band From TV jammed at the TV Guide party after Sunday night's Emmy Awards, including House's Hugh Laurie and Desperate Housewives' Teri Hatcher and James Denton. But the most explosive performance of the night was 29-year-old rapper Kanye West, who made a surprise appearance at the packed bash at Hollywood hot spot Les Deux, the Associated Press reports. Hundreds of attendees rushed the stage when West - who had mocked himself in a comedy sketch on the broadcast - joined John Legend.

Wearing his customary shades and jumping atop giant speakers, West urged the crowd to roar "Hell yeah!" and "Kan-ye!" He ended the miniset with his 2005 hit Gold Digger.

Bleepin' good show

Ray Romano, Sally Field and Katherine Heigl kept Fox censors on their toes during the Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday. Early in the broadcast, the Hollywood Reporter explained, Fox blacked out the audio and picture when Romano joked about his former Everybody Loves Raymond wife, Patricia Heaton, "s-------" her new Back to You co-star Kelsey Grammer. There was a four-second delay for Field, who, when referring to the Iraq War, said, "Let's face it, if the mothers ruled the world, there would be no g-------- wars in the first place." And Fox muted Heigl when she mouthed the word "s---" to her mother upon learning that she had won for supporting actress in a drama for Grey's Anatomy.

Say what?

Wondering what Alan Taylor (Sopranos, direction) said in German during his acceptance speech? Speaking to his wife, Nicki, as he accepted his award, he said: "Never have I loved a girl the way I love you," he explained to USA Today. We were thinking, "Now, how about that Sopranos movie?"

No recount needed

So he wasn't elected president. How many other presidential candidates have an Emmy and an Oscar to brag about?

Former Vice President Al Gore took home an Emmy for creative achievement in interactive television for Current TV, his youth-oriented television channel.

"We are trying to open up the television medium so that viewers can help them make television and join the conversation of democracy and reclaim American democracy by talking about the choices we have to make," Gore said as he accepted the award.

Current TV reaches about 40-million homes in the United States.

Tuning out

A big loser at this year's Emmy ceremony? The Emmys broadcast, which may have been the least-watched in history. Preliminary figures from Nielsen Media Research put the audience for Sunday's show, aired on Fox, at 13.1-million viewers. That's 3-million fewer than for last year's telecast, on NBC, and less than the record low 13.8-million three years ago on ABC.

One likely reason for Emmy's poor performance: Tough head-to-head competition in much of the country from NBC's National Football League game. About 13.3-million viewers chose to watch the New England Patriots clobber the San Diego Chargers, according to preliminary numbers.

The right place

The hottest accessory of the night was the 7-1/2-pound, 16-inch-tall winged muse of art. But after getting the thing home, what does a winner do with one?

- Jeremy Piven of Entourage, who won for supporting actor in a comedy series for the second year in a row, said he would put his Emmy "right next to my other one."

- "I'll put it on the shelf with its brothers and sisters," joked Sally Field, who won for lead actress in a drama series for Brothers & Sisters. Or maybe she wasn't joking. Field already has two Emmys, and two Oscars, to keep her new Emmy company.

- "I've made myself a trophy shelf and it's quite cool," said Helen Mirren who won for best actress in a TV miniseries or movie for Prime Suspect: The Final Act (Masterpiece Theatre). "It has every trophy I've ever won." That's quite a few, given that in the past year Mirren has won an Emmy, an Oscar and a Golden Globe after picking up an Emmy last year.

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