"I've already been robbed three times, folks!" Stephen Colbert fumed about his Emmy losses on Comedy Central recently. "Manilow! Bennett! Rickles!"
Whom he fears next: "Barack Obama!"
Stephen Colbert did win an Emmy this year for writing, but he's referring to his string of losses in the category for best performance in a variety show and his dread that "the world's biggest celebrity" might upstage him next year for appearing in his political infomercial last week. Watch his rant below — it's a scream. Actually, lots of screams.
But as James Hibbert points out at his Hollywood Reporter blog The Live Feed, Barack Obama's show will not really be eligible. Just to make sure, Hibbert checked with awards chief John Leverence at the TV academy, who said, "I don't have a specific reference in the rules that would make it ineligible, but telethons are eligible only if they are not political. Though the ad was not specifically for raising money, it would be close enough to the spirit of that rule to be ineligible."