After Donald Trump recently tweeted insults at reporter Don Lemon and basketball player LeBron James “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah noted that Trump has managed to pick a fight with just about every black celebrity imaginable … except him. “Once again, President Trump is feuding with a famous black person who dared to criticize him,” Noah said. “And now it has got all this attention, which makes me wonder … what do I have to do?” Winning an Emmy might do the trick. The Donald doesn’t have one of those, and we know he really, really wanted one.
Noah is already an Emmy winner. He claimed Best Short Form Variety Series in 2017 for “The Daily Show: Between the Scenes.” But he has yet to win Best Variety Talk Series for the main show. In fact, no black talk show host has ever won, and it has been 17 years since a black talk show host was even in the running. “The Chris Rock Show” was nominated in 2000 and 2001. And before that “The Arsenio Hall Show” earned a couple of consecutive bids in 1989 and 1990. But neither of them won the top category.
So a win for Noah would be a win for diversity. Trump would hate that. Noah is also an immigrant from South Africa. Trump would really hate that because why should the Emmys reward a comedian from a “shithole” country when there are surely lots of great Norwegian talk show hosts they could honor instead? And accepting the award during the live Emmy telecast would give Noah a live national platform to instigate his public feud. Maybe Melania Trump could present him the award.
More than a decade ago Trump earned two Emmy nominations for Best Reality Competition Program for “The Apprentice” (2004-2005), but he lost to “The Amazing Race” both times. In 2012 he was still nursing that wound, tweeting after that year’s telecast, “The Emmys are all politics, that’s why, despite nominations, ‘The Apprentice’ never won — even though it should have many times over.” He was still bitter about it the next day, adding, “Emmys telecast [ratings were] way down and lowest telecast on record among young adults. Emmys have no credibility — should have nominated ‘Apprentice’ again!”
So if Noah really wants to feud with Trump he should hit POTUS where it hurts: right in the television academy.
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