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8 Awkward Moments From The 2023 Emmy Awards

1.Laverne Cox referred to Hannah Waddingham as "Hannah Waddington" on the red carpet — and Hannah corrected her immediately:

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2. People were freaked out by the green gremlin appearing on the red carpet...

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But it turned out to be Princess Poppy from Season 15 of RuPaul's Drag Race:

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3.While interviewing Kathryn Hahn, red carpet cohost Heather McMahan referred to the buzzy Emma Stone show The Curse, a work of fiction, as "such a great social experiment":

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Heather was probably thinking of The Rehearsal, the 2022 show from The Curse co-creator Nathan Fielder that was more explicitly reality-esque. Easy mistake to make! There's a lot of TV out there.

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4. Travis Barker randomly played the drum fill to Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight" during host Anthony Anderson's opening monologue — and he kinda biffed it:

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5. After joking about it during the opening monologue, Anthony Anderson's mom Doris Bowman actually cut off The White Lotus star Jennifer Coolidge's acceptance speech for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

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Doris didn't cut off anyone else for the rest of the night — except John Oliver, who specifically asked her to. She also waved a "Wrap it up" sign during Matty Matheson's acceptance speech for The Bear.

6. Paul Walter Hauser stuffed a bunch of food in his mouth when he won the award for Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie — and then he started rapping his acceptance speech:

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7. Roy Wood Jr. seemingly alluded to the perpetually vacant hosting slot for The Daily Show as its former host Trevor Noah accepted an Emmy:

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And finally...

8. Elton John achieved EGOT status — but he didn't show up to accept the award:

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All in all, everything went pretty seamlessly! Not always a given in the world of awards shows. Congrats to all the winners!

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