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Emmy nominations: The good, the bad and the ugly (Boomer's version)

July 8, 2010 | 12:54 pm

"Overall excellent nominations throughout with very few complaints," says our Emmy expert Chris "Boomer" Beachum, who gives us his take on Emmy's good, bad and ugly results. Earlier, we posted the views of Rob Licuria. Now let's hear from Boomer:

THE GOOD

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● Some very pleasant surprises for people waiting a long while (Connie Britton, Kyle Chandler, Matthew Fox, Elizabeth Mitchell, January Jones, Christina Hendricks). Some very pleasant omissions for people and shows that had overstayed their welcome (Sally Field, Holly Hunter, Kiefer Sutherland, Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson, Charlie Sheen, Jeremy Piven, "Weeds," "Family Guy," "Entourage").

● Loved the wide range of shows getting nominations in directing and writing.

● Loved noms for people like Amy Poehler, Martin Short, Archie Panjabi, Mike O'Malley, Gregory Itzin.

● The return of Sharon Gless!  Way to go, USA Network!!

● Showtime continuing its recent hot streak with series noms for "Nurse Jackie" and "Dexter."

● "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" getting well-deserved nominations (and hopefully some wins on a ceremony televised by NBC).

Betty White for "SNL"!  The easiest winner prediction of this year!

THE BAD

Matthew Morrison for "Glee"? Really??

Mariska Hargitay, Holland Taylor AND Jon Cryer? You've got to move on, voters!

● No traditional sitcom for comedy series (like the red-hot "Big Bang Theory").

● Surprised with the "True Blood" nom for drama series (but no Anna Paquin?).

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Conan O'Brien ousts Jay Leno and David Letterman from Emmys

July 8, 2010 |  8:08 am

Conan-obrien-and-jay-leno As expected, Conan O'Brien was rewarded for submitting himself with an Emmy nomination for his seven-month tenure at the helm of "The Tonight Show." While it isn't so surprising that he edged out the returning Jay Leno -- who won this award once (1995) during his first 17 years hosting this late-night staple -- it is a jaw-dropper that "Late Show with David Letterman" is missing from this race for the first time since it debuted in 1994.

"Late Show" won the Emmy for its first season and then picked up five in a row beginning in 1998. That winning streak was halted by "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," which has owned this category since 2003 and contends once again this year. O'Brien will face this Comedy Central hit head-on in the ratings when he launches his new chat fest on TBS in the fall.

It took O'Brien a full decade of hosting "Late Night" before his show landed its first Emmy bid in the variety comedy music series category in 2003. It contended unsuccessfully in this race for five years. In both 2008 and 2009, "Late Night" lost its slot in the list of nominees to the resurgent "Saturday Night Live," which is in the hunt once more.

The other two nominees have been perennial Emmy bridesmaids. "The Colbert Report" earned its fifth consecutive nomination and has an excellent chance to prevail this year thanks to an episode it plans to submit to Emmy jurors -- the host's hilarious and heartfelt trip to Iraq. "Real Time with Bill Maher" earned nom No. 6 but has failed to win a single Emmy, even in the crafts categories. Indeed, Maher is the new Susan Lucci, ranking as the biggest loser in the history of TV's top award, with 22 defeats and no wins for producing, writing and performance.

The new edition of "Late Night" -- helmed by Emmy host Jimmy Fallon -- was snubbed this year. Also missing is "The Mo'Nique Show," starring the "Precious" actress who swept the last film awards derby (New York Film Critics Circle to Oscars).

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10 questions loom over Emmy Award nominations

July 7, 2010 |  8:51 am

Here are the top 10 things to look for when Emmy Award nominations are unveiled Thursday morning.

1.) Battle of the two "Tonight Shows" in the Emmy race for best variety series. NBC entered Jay Leno's version. Conan O'Brien entered his own. Will both be nominated?

2.) What new TV series will make the top races? "Glee" and "Modern Family" are safe bets for best comedy, "The Good Wife" for best drama. But what else? And what about returning shows not yet nominated such as "The Big Bang Theory" and "Parks and Recreation"?

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3.) Will the humility of the "Modern Family" actors backfire? The whole cast has declared themselves in the supporting races, thus jamming those categories. Who will snubbed due to overcrowding?

4.) Will "Cougar Town" star Courteney Cox finally score her first nomination? She was the only cast member of "Friends" (winner, best comedy series, 2002) who wasn't nominated.

5.) Can Ed O'Neill ("Modern Family") and Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy") reap their first Emmy bids? Neither was nominated during the heyday of "Married … with Children," which was one of TV's longest-running shows never to win an Emmy.

6.) Can "Glee," "Modern Family" or "30 Rock" break the record for most nominations held by a comedy series? Current record is 22, which was set last year by "30 Rock." (It's unlikely that any show will beat the record for most noms scored by a drama series, which is 26 earned by "NYPD Blue" in 1994).

7.) Can Jeremy Piven return to the derby? After winning best supporting comedy actor three years in a row, the "Entourage" star suddenly wasn't nominated last year. To blame: no doubt that fishy story about mercury poisoning springing him from having to perform eight stagings per week of "Speed-the-Plow" on Broadway. Read more.

8.) Has scandal-plagued Charlie Sheen knocked himself out of the race? The "Two and a Half Men" star has been nominated for best lead comedy actor for the past four years, but will he be back?

9.) Are pundits overestimating the potential for "Glee"? Mike Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly doesn't believe Lea Michele or Matthew Morrison will be nominated.

10.) Can former "Sopranos" star Edie Falco nab a bid for "Nurse Jackie" and thus become one of the few performers nominated for both drama and comedy shows?

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My fearless, 100% accurate Emmy nominations predictions

July 6, 2010 | 11:35 am
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Here's who I predict will score bids when Emmy Awards nominations are unveiled Thursday morning:

BEST DRAMA SERIES
"Breaking Bad"
"Damages"
"Dexter"
"Mad Men"
"The Good Wife"
"Lost"

ALTERNATES: "Big Love," "Friday Night Lights," "House M.D.," "Sons of Anarchy," "Treme"


BEST COMEDY SERIES
"The Big Bang Theory"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"
"Family Guy"
"Glee"
"Modern Family"
"30 Rock"

ALTERNATES: "Community," "How I Met Your Mother," "Entourage," "Nurse Jackie," "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," "Weeds"


BEST DRAMA ACTOR
Simon Baker ("The Mentalist")
Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad")
Michael C. Hall ("Dexter")
Jon Hamm ("Mad Men")
Hugh Laurie ("House")
Timothy Olyphant ("Justified")

ALTERNATES: Matt Bomer ("White Collar"), Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights"), Matthew Fox ("Lost"), Peter Krause ("Parenthood"), Denis Leary ("Rescue Me"), Bill Paxton ("Big Love"), Wendell Pierce ("Treme"), Kiefer Sutherland ("24")


BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Glenn Close ("Damages")
Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: SVU")
January Jones ("Mad Men")
Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife")
Katey Sagal ("Sons of Anarchy")
Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer")

ALTERNATES: Sally Field ("Brothers and Sisters"), Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad"), Holly Hunter ("Saving Grace"), Melissa Leo ("Treme"), Anna Paquin ("True Blood")


BEST COMEDY ACTOR
Steve Carell ("The Office")
Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock")
Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm")
Matthew Morrison ("Glee")
Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory")
Tony Shalhoub ("Monk")

ALTERNATES: David Duchovny ("Californication"), Joel McHale ("Community"), Thomas Jane ("Hung"), Charlie Sheen ("Two and a Half Men")

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TBS touts Conan O'Brien in edgy Emmys campaign

June 8, 2010 | 11:48 am

Conan O'Brien Emmy Awards TBS NBC Tonight Show Jay Leno Ad 1 Last month, Conan O'Brien surprised awards watchers when he submitted his ill-fated edition of "The Tonight Show" for Emmy consideration. NBC did not include the show on its campaign DVD, opting instead for the return of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." However, O'Brien's Emmy bid got a boost Tuesday when his new employer, TBS, ran several sassy "For Your Consideration" ads in Variety.

As Turner exec Steve Koonin explained in a statement: "Conan’s great work in 2009 and 2010 deserves Emmy consideration. We’re very excited to have him join TBS later this year." O'Brien inked a deal in April with the cabler for a Monday-Thursday 11 p.m. show set to debut Nov. 8.

That time slot is currently filled by a talker hosted by George Lopez. Lopez welcomed being bumped to the midnight hour if it meant securing O'Brien as a lead-in. "Lopez Tonight" is also among the 27 variety comedy musical series contending on the official Emmy Awards ballot. Choices range from "Attack of the Show" to "X-Play" (both of which run on cable channel G4). Voters are instructed to: "VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN TEN achievements in this category that you have seen and feel are worthy of nomination. (More than ten votes in this category will void all votes in this category.)"

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Emmy voting began June 4 and runs until the 21st of the month. Nominees will be announced July 8, and the winners will be revealed Aug. 29 during the NBC telecast of the 62nd Emmy Awards. Hosting the kudos will be Jimmy Fallon, O'Brien's successor at "Late Night."

While Fallon's first season at the helm of the 12:35 a.m. gabfest made it onto the NBC disc, also missing from that mailer was Jay Leno's disastrous foray into prime time ("The Jay Leno Show"). As Curt King, senior vice president of Universal Media Studios, explained at the time: "In the DVD campaign packages, typically we do not include shows that aren't returning."

It took O'Brien a full decade of hosting "Late Night" before the show landed its first Emmy bid in this category in 2003. It contended unsuccessfully for five years, always losing to "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," which O'Brien soon will face head-on in the ratings. In both 2008 and 2009, "Late Night" lost its slot to the resurgent "Saturday Night Live," while "The Daily Show" kept winning.

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Emmy battle of the 'Tonight Shows': Conan vs. Jay (plus watch out for Jon Stewart -- AND Mo'Nique)

May 21, 2010 |  9:39 am

Two TV shows produced by NBC Universal are curiously missing from the Emmy campaign DVD mailer the studio recently sent to voters: Jay Leno's disastrous foray into prime-time ("The Jay Leno Show") and the program that took its place later each night ("The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien").

But that doesn't mean both will be missing from the Emmy ballot. No, "The Jay Leno Show" hasn't been officially submitted for best variety series, but — surprise — "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" has, and it will compete against "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" — plus "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," starring the host of the Emmy ceremony on Aug. 29.

"In the DVD campaign packages, typically we do not include shows that aren't returning," says Curt King, senior VP of Universal Media Studios. "In the race for best variety series, Conan decided to submit 'The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien' and we decided to enter 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for Jay.'"



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All of those programs will compete against three formidable foes, which have all submitted official entry forms to the TV academy: "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," which has won the category for the last seven years in a row; "The Colbert Report," which is overdue to win (it's got an excellent chance to prevail this year thanks to an episode it plans to submit to Emmy jurors — Colbert's hilarious trip to Iraq); and "The Mo'Nique Show," starring the "Precious" actress who swept the last film awards derby (New York Film Critics Circle to Oscars) undefeated.

All of the above-mentioned programs will compete against one show that they don't need to worry about: "Real Time With Bill Maher." Not only has it failed to win a single Emmy, even in the crafts categories, but Maher is the new Susan Lucci — the biggest loser in the history of TV's top award, with 22 defeats and no wins for producing, writing and performance.

It took Conan O'Brien a full decade of hosting "Late Night" before the show landed its first Emmy bid in the variety comedy music series category in 2003. It contended unsuccessfully in that race for five years, always losing to "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," which O'Brien will now face head-on in the ratings when he launches his new chat fest on TBS. In both 2008 and 2009, "Late Night" lost its slot in the list of nominees to the resurgent "Saturday Night Live," while "The Daily Show" kept winning.

O'Brien and his scribes finally won an Emmy in the writing category in 2007 after being also-rans every year from 1996 to 2004 and then again in 2006. That was the only Emmy won by "Late Night" out of 29 nominations, including two more bids for writing in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, the "Late Night" writers lost to the team behind "The Colbert Report" and in 2009 to the scribes for "The Daily Show."

Prior to "The Daily Show" owning the series category, "Late Show With David Letterman" won that award five years in a row beginning in 1998. The CBS late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman has competed in the top Emmy race every year since its debut season in 1994, when it won. In addition, it has taken three technical Emmys for a total haul of nine awards out of 64 nominations.

Compare that with the track record of Jay Leno, who returned to the "Tonight Show" in March. While he may be beating longtime rival David Letterman once again in the ratings, don't expect Leno to contend anytime soon at the Emmys. After all, he and the show were snubbed by the Emmys for his (first) farewell tour last year. The last nomination for Leno's edition of the NBC staple was in 2005, when he contended for the now-defunct individual performance prize, losing to Tony Awards host Hugh Jackman.

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Can Conan O'Brien get back in the race for the Emmys?

April 12, 2010 | 12:46 pm

Conan O'Brien TBS Emmy Awards Conan O'Brien has landed a new gig to replace his short-lived run at the helm of "The Tonight Show." While it took him only a few weeks to sign with TBS for a Monday-Thursday 11 p.m. talk show, O'Brien may have to wait awhile to get back in the Emmy race. Remember, this critical darling failed to win over viewers in the vaunted 11:35 time slot and even the final season of "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" managed just one Emmy Award nomination last year. 

It took Conan O'Brien a full decade of hosting "Late Night" before the show landed its first Emmy bid in the variety comedy music series category in 2003. It contended unsuccessfully in that race for five years, always losing to "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," which O'Brien will now face head-on in the ratings. In both 2008 and 2009, "Late Night" lost its slot to the resurgent "Saturday Night Live," while "The Daily Show" kept winning.

O'Brien and his writing staff finally won an Emmy in 2007 after being also-rans every year from 1996 to 2004 and then again in 2006. That was the only Emmy won by "Late Night" out of 29 nominations, including two more bids for writing in 2008 and 2009. In 2008, the "Late Night" writers lost to the team behind "The Colbert Report" and in 2009 to the scribes for "The Daily Show."

Prior to "The Daily Show" owning the series category, "Late Show With David Letterman" won that  award five years in a row beginning in 1998. The CBS late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman has competed in the top Emmy race every year since its debut season in 1994, when it won. In addition, it has taken three technical Emmys for a total haul of nine awards out of 64 nominations.

Compare that to the track record of Jay Leno, who returned to the "Tonight Show" in March. While he may be beating long-time rival David Letterman once again in the ratings, don't expect Leno to contend anytime soon at the Emmys. After all, he and the show were snubbed by the Emmys for his (first) farewell tour last year. The last nomination for Leno's edition of the NBC staple was in 2005, when he contended for the now-defunct individual performance prize, losing to Tony Awards host Hugh Jackman.

During Leno's 17 years at the helm, this NBC late-night staple won just one Emmy for best variety comedy series. That was way back in 1995, and the last of the show's nine nods in that race was in 2003. Add in three technical wins and the first incarnation of the "Tonight Show With Jay Leno" managed to take home just four Emmys out of 40 nominations. While Letterman -- who won four consecutive Emmys as part of the writing team on the original "Late Night" beginning in 1984 -- has been a perennial writing nominee for "Late Show," Jay Leno and his team of gag writers were snubbed by the Emmys for the entire run of his first version of the "Tonight Show."

Photo: Conan O'Brien at the 2007 Prime-time Emmy Awards. Credit: Fox.

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Poll: Who should host the Emmys?

February 10, 2010 | 10:14 am
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"With Conan O'Brien out at NBC, who will now host the Emmy Awards this August?" asks our moderator Chris "Boomer" Beachum in the forums. "He had hosted the previous two times the ceremony was on NBC and was certainly going to be the host again before everything changed.

"Before you shout out 'Jay Leno,' I seriously doubt that the academy or even NBC wants the publicity nightmare that would cause. The only thing in Leno's favor is that he was offended when Conan hosted the past two times. It wouldn't be beyond him to add that to his newly renegotiated NBC contract."

The peacock web will obviously want to stick with members of its network family such as  Jimmy Fallon, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Amy Poehler etc. Personally, I like the idea of teaming up Fallon or Carell with Fey or Poehler — or Fey and Poehler together. A combo not mentioned in our forums is one I'd like to volunteer: Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake, who won an Emmy together in 2007 for that naughty song about you-know-what in a box. They were nominated last year for "Motherlove."

Chelsea Handler and Ryan Seacrest are on this list because Comcast owns both NBC and E! Entertainment Network. Why not toss them in, eh? Seacrest hosted successfully as solo emcee in 2007 and shouldn't be blamed for that train wreck of five reality-TV co-hosts the next year. Seacrest was merely riding that train; bad writers crashed it.

Check out the discussion in our forums for more suggestions and views.

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For sale: 'The Tonight Show's' second Emmy

September 23, 2009 |  6:50 am

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Poor Johnny Carson. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, he used to get furious with Emmy chiefs when "The Tonight Show" kept losing best variety series. Or worse: it wouldn't even get nominated. It reaped bids in 1964, 1966 and 1967, but got skunked in 1965, 1968, 1969 and 1970. After a while, it didn't look like "Tonight" could ever win, probably because Carson's intentionally silly chat show competed against slick, scripted variety programs like "The Carol Burnett Show," which usually trounced.

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But then, suddenly, Emmy hopes brightened when the TV academy separated talk shows into a separate category. Alas, "Tonight" lost to "The David Frost Show" in 1971, then to "The Dick Cavett Show" in 1972. In 1973, "Tonight" got snubbed completely. In 1974, talk shows were again bunched with variety series. "Tonight" nabbed a nom, but lost to "The Carol Burnett Show."

Enough! Carson finally got fed up and furious. When "Tonight" nabbed a bid again in 1975, he decided to slap the TV academy right back and issued a damning public declaration refusing the nomination.

The academy felt the sting. Carson was beloved in Hollywood and across America, so Emmy chiefs conspired to cook up some way, any way, to get "The Tonight Show" an Emmy. In 1977-78, they created a new category for program achievement/special class, nominated "Tonight" and it finally prevailed. Then, in 1978-79, "Tonight" did so again.

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MTV VMA poll: Do you think Kanye West's latest apologies are sincere?

September 15, 2009 |  9:37 am

Soon after Kanye West apologized the first time for ruining Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, we polled readers to ask if they believed his remorse was sincere.

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Out of 12,000 responses, 7,000 (58%) replied, "It's a fake apology. Secretly, Kanye has no regrets and digs the infamous attention he's getting now."

After Kanye apologized the first time, he yanked it from his website, leading many people to believe that he didn't really feel regret. But then he posted a new apology.

Last night he added more mea culpa to Jay Leno: "It's been extremely difficult ... just dealing with the fact that I hurt someone or took anything away from a talented artist. I only wanted to help people. My entire life I've only wanted to give and do something that I felt was right. I immediately knew in this situation that it was wrong, that it wasn't a spectacle ... . It was actually someone's emotions that I stepped on. It was just rude — period. I'd like to be able to apologize in person .... I need to, after this, take the time off to analyze how I'm going to make it through the rest of this life, how I'm going to improve. I am a celebrity, and that's something I have to deal with. If there's anything I can do to help Taylor in the future — or help anyone — I'd like to."

Vote in our poll below plus give us your thoughts in these other polls too: Do you think Kanye West will ever win another MTV VMA? Do you think Kanye West's MTV VMA fiasco will hurt his music sales? and Was Kanye West's MTV VMA tantrum just a PR stunt for his Jay Leno gig?

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Poll: Was Kanye West's MTV VMA tantrum just a PR stunt for his Jay Leno gig?

September 14, 2009 |  9:31 am

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Can it be a coincidence that Kanye West had an outrageous meltdown on the MTV Video Music Awards just one night before he will appear on the first episode of Jay Leno's highly anticipated new prime-time show on NBC?

And do you think Kanye will offer a heartfelt, sincere apology to Taylor Swift when dishing the MTV VMA fiasco with Jay? Or a snarky, doesn't-really-mean-it kind of apology? Kanye can't avoid talking about the incident and addressing the widespread outrage over his bad manners.

Kanye usually remains defiant and seldom apologizes for anything. He likes being a bad boy, relishes in the attention he gets for it. But maybe things are different this time?

UPDATE, SEPT. 14: Apparently, Kanye issued an apology, but then yanked it from his blog. Vote in our other polls: Do you think Kanye West's apology to Taylor Swift was sincere? and Do you think Kanye West's MTV VMA fiasco will hurt his music sales?

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Ho, hum — Jay Leno passes the late-night torch to Conan O'Brien

May 15, 2009 |  9:19 am

Jay Leno may have sat behind the desk at the "Tonight Show" for 17 years, but the hoopla surrounding his departure is definitely muted. On Thursday, Leno announcedTonight Show NBC Jay Leno Emmy TV news 931275384 that Conan O'Brien — his successor in the time slot — will be his final guest on the May 29 finale. While this display of network team spirit makes for good PR and sets to rest rumors of any discord between the two men, it certainly lacks sizzle.

Remember the national countdown that accompanied the signing off of Leno's predecessor, Johnny Carson, in 1992 after almost three decades? The weeks leading up to Carson's final show saw the couch filled with a string of celebs paying homage to the undisputed king of late-night TV. While his last telecast on May 22, 1992, was a low-key affair — with Carson sitting on a stool reminiscing with sidekick Ed McMahon and bandleader Doc Severinsen — the previous night's installment was one for the ages.

First up was Robin Williams, who dazzled Carson with his rapid-fire delivery. The final guest was Bette Midler who serenaded her longtime mentor with several songs, including a specially penned version of "You Made Me Love You," with new lyrics by her musical director Marc Shaiman. She and Carson performed an impromptu duet on one of his favorite tunes, the war-time "Here's That Rainy Day." And then Midler sang the ultimate saloon song — "One for My Baby" — in tribute to Carson. Both got caught up in the emotion of the moment, as seen below.

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