During the 2017 Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, host Stephen Colbert lampooned Donald Trump’s history with the annual ceremony – recalling the now-president’s mention of losing for his reality series amid one of the 2016 presidential debates. Here’s a look back at that October moment.
Donald Trump must not like the phrase: “It’s an honor just to be nominated.”
During Thursday’s presidential debate, the GOP nominee’s opponent Hillary Clinton noted the number of times Trump claimed something has been “rigged” against him. “He claims the court systems and the federal judge is rigged,” she said.
“There was even a time when he didn’t get an Emmy for his TV program three years in a row and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged against him,” Clinton continued, before Trump, 70, interrupted her to say, “Should have gotten it.”
Throughout his seven years of running The Apprentice, Trump garnered eight Emmy nominations and zero wins, even making a cameo at the 2005 awards where he dressed as a farmer for a “Green Acres” bit with Megan Mullally.
It appears the billionaire businessman may still be bitter about those Emmys losses as he has had a history of bashing the television award program both verbally and on Twitter – tweets that Clinton had brought up during the third debate.
Dating back to 2004 when his NBC competition lost the best reality competition series to CBS’ The Amazing Race, Trump has had negative remarks about the Emmys. Eight years later, he angrily tweeted about losing to the same competitor: “‘Amazing Race’ winning an Emmy again is a total joke. The Emmys have no credibility–no wonder the ratings are at record lows.”
Overall, Trump has called the Emmys a “terrible show,” “dishonest,” “a total joke” and “the absolute worst” among others.
In addition, the Television Academy – which Trump has been a voting member since 2004 – tweeted out the official voting process following Trump’s debate comments.
“I got screwed out of an Emmy,” Trump said in an episode of Celebrity Apprentice that aired on Jan. 19, 2015 via The Hollywood Reporter. “Everybody thought I was going to win it. In fact, when they announced the winner, I stood up before the winner was announced. And I started walking for the Emmy. And then they announced the most boring show on television, [CBS’] The Amazing Race. Piece of crap.”