Seth Rogen Blasts Lack of COVID-19 Protocols at the Emmys
"They said this was outdoors. It's not! They lied to us! We're in a hermetically sealed tent right now."
Published Sep 20, 2021Last night, the Emmys brought together some of television's biggest stars — but, according to Seth Rogen, the COVID-19 protocols weren't strict enough to keep attendees safe.
Presenting the very first award of the day, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, he said, "Let me start by saying — there is way too many of us in this little room! What are we doing? They said this was outdoors. It's not! They lied to us! We're in a hermetically sealed tent right now. I would not have come to this. Why is there a roof? It's more important that we have three chandeliers than that we make sure we don't kill Eugene Levy tonight. That is what has been decided."
He continued, "This is insane. I went from wiping my groceries to having Paul Bettany sneeze in my face, so, that's a big week! If anyone's gonna sneeze in my face, Paul, I want it to be you."
Watch the clip of Rogen's complaints below.
It was a little difficult to tell what was for purely for laughs and what inspired by genuine anxiety, but the show quickly went into damage control mode. Before going to commercial, the show's DJ, Reggie Watts, said, "We're absolutely following all the health and safety guidelines that some really smart people asked us to do to keep us safe from COVID."
Emmys host Cedric the Entertainer then said in his monologue, "It actually feels amazing in here unlike what Seth was talking about. It feels good. We're all vaxxed. We had to get vaxxed to come here. I got vaxxed. I did not have a reaction like Nicki Minaj's cousin's friend."