At the height of “The Apprentice” in 2005, producers of the 57th Primetime Emmy Awards thought it would be a cute idea to pair up businessman Donald Trump with “Will & Grace’s” materialistic Karen Walker (played by Megan Mullally) to sing a live rendition of the classic “Green Acres” theme song. But it wasn’t so much cute as it was … awkward. Watch the ear-spitting 60 seconds above.
Emmys host Ellen DeGeneres introduced Trump and Mullally in one of several Emmy Idol segments that featured notable TV stars singing popular theme songs. Those “Green Acres” lyrics also included a “Times Square” reference, which Mullally craftily changed to “Trump Tower” during her portion of the song. “Green Acres is the place to be,” the now-President of the United States sang while donning a straw hat, denim suspenders and a pitchfork. “Farm livin’ is the life for me. Land spreadin’ out so far and wide. Keep Manhattan, just give me that countryside.”
Last year Mullally addressed the “Green Acres” debacle on the “The Late Show,” in which she told Stephen Colbert that Trump “really wanted to win” the Emmy Idol segment. As she recalled, “The next day, I was in my ‘Will & Grace’ dressing room and the phone rang and it was Donald Trump. And he said, ‘You know what? We really needed to win that thing and we did. And you were a big part of that. Not only did we win it, but I hear we killed them and it was a landslide.'”
“Green Acres” aired on CBS from 1965 to 1971. Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor starred as a married couple who move from the glamor of New York City to a farm in the country. Despite airing for six seasons, the sitcom was never nominated for an Emmy.
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