Thomas Lennon Panned As 2019 Emmy Announcer
The 49-year-old actor Thomas Lennon, who is best known for his role for comedy series Reno 911 and the movie Night at the Museum, served as the announcer of 71st annual Emmys Awards ceremony. His commentary was sarcastic and occasionally funny but, at the same time, he provoked a lot of criticism from fans on social media.
The actress Jackee Harry tweeted, “Joking about non-existent female or POC winners in a category? Yeah, those jokes suck, Thomas.”
Joking about non-existent female or POC winners in a category? Yeah, those jokes suck, Thomas.
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) September 23, 2019
Film critic Richard Roeper didn’t take Lennon’s jokes lightly either.
Some TV exec person in a position of authority: "As we honor the very best artists in our business, wouldn't it be hilarious if we had a narrator undercutting and demeaning the entire night with snarky jokes?"#Emmys
— Richard Roeper (@RichardERoeper) September 23, 2019
There was positive feedback from people who thought that Lennon was entertaining.
— Jeff Bakalar (@jeffbakalar) September 23, 2019
Unpopular opinion: the Thomas Lennon voiceover commentary is unorthodox but interesting, and I like it.#Emmys
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) September 23, 2019
Lennon also mocked Emmy winner Felicity Huffman, who was sentenced earlier this month to 14 days in prison for her involvement in the college admissions scandal. “The producers asked me to give a special shout-out to any of our previous lead actress winners who are watching tonight from prison,” Lennon said before the commercial break. “Hopefully, those two weeks are going to fly right by. Keep your chin up.”
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