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Ricky Gervais’ Humorous Take on Emmy Loss as He’s Honored for Animal Welfare Work

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Ricky Gervais didn’t win an Emmy this year, but the roast master is still surprised he was nominated for hosting the Golden Globes. “Extra’s” Special Correspondent Alyssa Julya Smith chatted with Ricky about the award he did win: a Creative Coalition honor for his work with animal welfare.

Gervais touched on quarantine life, saying, “You won’t hear me complain when there’s nurses doing 14-hour shifts and they’ve been risking their life and I’ve been told to stay in and watch Netflix.”

Putting his funny spin on the Emmy nom, he said, “You can’t expect those things. I’ve been nominated 24 times. And I’ve won twice. I see that as losing 22 Emmys!”

Alyssa asked, “Did you ever think you’d get an Emmy nomination for insulting half the audience at the Globes?”

“I didn’t think I’d get one,” Ricky replied. “When I first did it, it was like… ‘You can’t insult Hollywood actors. They’re the salt of the earth’… And now, this year it was like… ‘Yeah, give it to them!’”

So, how does he think Jimmy Kimmel will do hosting the virtual Emmys show? “I don’t know. I saw an article where he said that nowadays… half the people will hate it… Maybe it’s my fault.”

Ricky said he would be up for virtual hosting, adding, “I like the fact that I could do it in my pants. That’s always better than putting on a suit.”

Meanwhile, Gervais will hit the stage in London, Dublin, and other cities for his “SuperNature” stand-up tour, which will eventually land on Netflix. He explained, “I will probably have to reference this complete change in humanity… It’s all me not believing anything supernatural, because I say nature is super enough.”

He’s also writing and has already finished “After Life 3,” saying, “I’ve had so much time on my hands that I finished writing the script six months early.”

As for his award for his animal activism, Gervais shared, “I think animals are unconditionally perfect. I’ve never understood animal cruelty. And for me, it’s what a platform is for — to use your voice for those who haven’t got one.”

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Here’s What Laverne Cox Said When the Emmys Randomly Censored Her

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  • Laverne Cox was censored at the 2020 Emmys while giving out the award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.
  • The Television Academy released her uncensored speech—watch below.

    Laverne Cox presented the Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Award during the Emmys last night, and you might have noticed that her opening speech was randomly and inexplicably censored.

    Laverne started her speech by saying, “Good evening everyone. I am living proof of the American dream. That anyone in this country can lose the Emmy four years in the same category and yet somehow end up on this stage presenting an award to someone who probably didn’t—”

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    At this point, Laverne’s mic was briefly cut and she came back on saying, “What happens to an American dream deferred? Does it shrivel up like a raisin in the sun? Stick to the script Laverne, stick to the script. And now here are the nominees for Writing in a Drama Series.”

    Obviously, Twitter wanted answers:

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    So…what got cut? Turns out Laverne said “presenting an award to someone who probably didn’t effing vote for me.” In other words, she didn’t even swear but got cut off and censored anyway?????

    The Television Academy hasn’t explained why Laverne’s mic was unnecessarily cut, but they did share her full unedited speech online, so watch below:

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How the Emmys Paid Tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday after having complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.
  • The Emmys paid tribute to the late Supreme Court justice during the awards ceremony.

    Following a nightmare year filled with heartbreak, the 2020 Emmys aired tonight—just two days after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at 87.

    On Friday, the Supreme Court announced Ginsburg had died from complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. Ginsburg, of course, will be remembered for being the first woman named to the Harvard Law Review, the second woman appointed to the highest court in the United States, advocating for gender equality through landmark cases such as Califano v. Goldfarb and Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld, advocating for same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges, and for opposing Texas’ strict abortion laws in the 2016 case Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

    Before images and tributes to late actors Naya Rivera, Chadwick Boseman, Jerry Stiller, Regis Philbin, John Witherspoon, Diana Rigg, and Diahann Carroll moved across the screen during the in memoriam segment, Jimmy Kimmel honored Justice Ginsburg. “On Friday we lost a great American,” he said. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a compassionate and tireless champion of equality and justice, who said her legacy was to make life a little better for people less fortunate than she.”

    And earlier this evening, Regina King said, “Rest in power, RBG” as she accepted her Best Lead Actress Award for her role in Watchmen.

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    Before Ginsburg passed, she made it clear that her last wish was to be replaced only when a new president is elected. Already, Senator Mitch McConnell has vowed to hold a vote on Donald Trump’s nominee.

    If you want to honor Ginsburg, make sure you and your loved ones are all registered to vote. If you’re not registered to vote yet, time is running out, so do it before you forget and it’s too late. Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about registering in your state and how to request an absentee ballot.

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Jason Schwartzman enters the surreal world of ‘Fargo’

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Jason Schwartzman says that he’s a fan of “Fargo” — so working with series creator Noah Hawley on Season 4 was a huge plus.

” ‘Fargo’ is my favorite show,” Schwartzman, 40, tells The Post. “I remember that I was in the middle of Season 2 and I was thinking to myself, ‘It’s amazing that this exists, that it gets to be made. It feels like it’s doing what it wants but it also doesn’t feel reckless — there’s a real point to this.’

“I was impressed on an eerie level.”

“Fargo” returns to FX on Sunday after a three-and-a-half-year hiatus, with Schwartzman and Chris Rock starring as Josto Fadda and Loy Cannon, whose Kansas City crime syndicates form an uneasy alliance in 1950 and inevitably butt heads in their ongoing battle to win control of the city’s underworld. Hawley wrote or co-wrote all of this season’s seven episodes onto which he’s stamped his singular trademarks: dark, quirky, offbeat humor; colorful characters including an on-the-take cop with OCD; brutal, didn’t-see-that-coming violence; florid dialogue and, of course, weird names (among them Swanee Capps, Oraetta Mayflower, Dick Wickware, Thurman Smutney and Doctor Senator).

“I was thinking, ‘What does this guy have, a name generator, like an anagram machine?,’” Schwartzman says. “At the beginning of the shoot, I swear to God, one of the first things I did was write down the names and try to unscramble them to see if they were anagrams.

“They weren’t, but it’s just really cool.”

When viewers first meet Josto, he’s assuming a leadership role in the family after the death of his father, Donatello — but it’s not smooth sailing, especially when his younger brother, Gaetano (Salvatore Esposito), arrives from Italy.

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Jeremie Harris as Leon Bittle, Chris Rock as Loy Cannon, Corey Hendrix as Omie Sparkman and Glynn Turman as Doctor Senator.Elizabeth Morris/FX

Schwartzman,  says he’s aware of the parallels to “The Godfather” which resonate with him; his mother, Talia Shire, acted in the “Godfather” movies — directed by her brother (and his uncle), Francis Ford Coppola. (He’s also first-cousins with actor Nicolas Cage.)

” ‘The Godfather’ was one of the things that struck me, but honestly, it was less about the Mafia or crime and more to do with power and the siblings [Josto and Gaetano],” he says. “‘The Godfather’ is such a great example of the way that works and how power is distributed and handed down to generations.

“I’m half-Italian and half Polish-Jewish and I know a lot about my Italian side,” he says. “Before we started shooting the series, I reached out to someone in my family I know has been archiving our history and I said, ‘What do you have?’ It really was an amazing experience to learn about my family … I was reading letters back and forth between my grandparents and my great-grandfather and there are very old home movies … seeing my grandfather and his brothers and my great-grandmother and great-grandfather on a trip to Italy when she must’ve been 16.

“Also being around these Italians from Italy all day long on the set, I felt like when I was showing them the photographs and letters it was like me being, ‘See? I’m Italian!’ on some sub-conscious level. I was trying to understand my place in the story and in the world of ‘Fargo.’ ”

Schwartzman says Hawley didn’t give him too much information about Josto before they began shooting. “He said, ‘Your father is going to die and you’re going to take over the family and there’s a struggle between you and your brother.’ To be honest, I feel that [Josto] is spoiled, maybe petulant. I realized he’s not hitting people, he’s pulling rank, like a kid kicking leaves on someone or pulling their suspenders.

“One thing he wants is for his dad to say to him, ‘Yeah, you’re amazing’ — but his dad is dead,” he says. “He’s not fully cooked before they take him out of the oven. He’s too raw to be out there. His scenes work best when he’s not collaborating with [the other actors] it’s such an interesting experience to act in a parallel way to everybody else.”

While Schwartzman and Rock are the titular stars of “Fargo,” they didn’t spend too much time together on the set, he says.

“He’s incredible — so kind and smart and I was excited to work on this with him,” he says. “I didn’t realize that when you play someone’s nemesis you’re not often in the same scenes together. I imagined us spending hours on end on the set every day. All [Josto] does is talk about Loy Cannon but we were well into shooting when we had one of our first big scenes together and it freaked me out. I was so nervous.

“It was like an 8-page scene and I must have done it in 48 seconds, he says. “Everybody was like, ‘Slow down!’”

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