Jimmy Fallon's 'Born to Run' Emmy opener finally hits the web (officially): Watch it here...again!

You can now safely delete Sunday’s Emmy telecast from your DVR: Host Jimmy Fallon’s rather spectacular opener to the show, which featured stars across the television universe singing a Glee-ful version of “Born to Run,” has finally hit the internets — officially. Why’d it take so long to get the NBC-approved goods? There was a bit of a holdup with rights over using the Bruce Springsteen staple — apparently, NBC and the TV Academy didn’t square away the deal to use the song on the web until yesterday afternoon. (You couldn’t find it officially online before then, but, of course, the bit was pirated everywhere.) Fallon was none too happy about all his efforts being absent from the network’s website: “That could have been worth 500,000 hits on NBC.com,” the Late Night host told Variety on Tuesday. But alas! No more grumbling because now you can enjoy a crispy-clear version on NBC.com. Check it out here:

Kind of the perfect way to head into the Labor Day weekend, no? “Born to Run”…out of your office early this afternoon? I sure hope so. Jimmy would want you to!

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  • Joanne

    Does anyone know who the brunette is? (besides Michele Lea and Tina Fey)

    • Kathy

      It was Nina Dobrev from The Vampire Diaries… (thats the only brunette I believe)

    • Yes

      She’s the main actress in Vampire Diaries

    • Raychel

      Nina Dobrev, she used to be on Degrassi and is now on The Vampire Diaries.

    • MJay

      Forgot her name but she is the star of Vampire Diaries.

    • Tammy

      Someone from Vampire Diaries, Nina Dobrev. Hurley rocks!

    • JD

      She’s the gal that is dating Boone I believe

    • Shirley

      UMmm…I found this all over the internet in crisp, clear High Def color after the show and showed it to my friends who missed the EMMYs on Sunday. So what if NBC didnt officially release it. Thousands of smart people uploaded it on to sites such as You Tube anyways. It is still all over the place.

    • Joanne

      Thank you everyone!

    • Daniel

      @Joanne “Thank you everyone!” NO! We need more people to answer the question.

  • jessica

    Did I miss the joke? Why is this video poste 4 times?

  • jessica

    That’s suppose to be posted. Why is it posted 4 times? It’s not like the first one cuts off anywhere and you have to pick up with the next one.

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  • Victoria

    The petite brunette — the girl with the bright red top who came leaping into the hallway near the beginning of the number — is Nina Dobrev. She’s the star of The Vampire Diaries.

  • Lorie

    Thanks for posting! It’s definitely worth watching several times.

    • jk

      I totally agree. It was so much fun to watch because they were having so much fun themselves. Great job Jimmy!

    • Daniel

      Def one of the best awards show openers I can remember. Something seems odd for me saying this, but I am MTV generation: You could definitely see the MTV video music awards influence all over this show. And it was a nice touch.

  • harry

    Epic i’m in tears!!!

  • Lemon

    Now all I need is a downloadable studio version and my life will be complete. But this will tide me over til then.

    • Matt


  • Dude

    I think Fallon & Fey is one of the greatest comic pairings of our time. Not exactly like but similar to Carol Burnett and Harvey Corman.

  • Ames

    I was a little Glee’d out, so fast-forwarded through the opener. When I heard how good it was I was pretty bummed. Thanks for posting, worth the wait.

  • Karate Pants

    Is it just me or is Jon Hamm really the star of this thing? ;)

    • Amanda B.

      He is so talented. Did you see his SNL hosting gigs? He was really great on those.

      • Lola

        Hamm and Bubble (Buble’ – pronounced wrong)..still laughing over that one. And to be fair, Buble’ has the comic chops, too.

    • sassyfras

      Jon Hamm is the star of EVERYTHING.

    • Nolan

      drama, comedy, singing, dancing, handsomeness
      he’s a quintuple threat

      • Estudio

        I you look up Nourishing traditional diets clip here on yobtuue you will find out how she can explain this. She is fully aware that not all the people in the world has eaten dairy, but for us in the western world with a long tradition for eating dairy, its the easist way to get the important vitamins A and D. What all traditional diets always consist of is some kind of animal fat and organ meat, which is also high fat and contains the crucial vitamins.

    • Erin Trompeter

      Jon Hamm is the star of the universe. But yes, he’s the standout in this, IMO. He’s hilarious in his intensity.

      • Chris

        I had my eyes on Jon the whole time…not ashamed to say! He is one great looking guy…….

  • JD

    This was very Saturday Night Live-ish.
    Huge slam dunk for Fallon.
    A brilliant Emmy opening.

  • Dana

    love this Joel McHale and Jorge Garcia really bring it

    • it’s me

      loved the high five you can hear the audience cheer everytime someone popped up . I loved that the prize was $1205 when they needed $1200 lol

    • Carol

      In this version, the audience reactions to each new person is completely toned down. I wonder why they did that. I loved it when Jorge Garcia came on – the audience erupted.

      • NYTeach

        First time I saw this and I must be in serious Lost withdrawl. I actually teared up when I saw Jorge! What’s wrong with me? It has definitely been a long week of getting my classroom ready for the new school year, but seriously?!?

  • Amanda B.

    This is at least the sixth or seventh time I’ve seen this. I love it!!!

  • yo

    after hearing about how epic this was all week long, i’m a little…underwhelmed.

    • Bebe

      Exactly. Why was this considered “epic”? It’s pretty dull. And Jimmy Fallon speaks like a lispy Muppet. Meh.

      • Traci

        I think after all the horrible awards show musical numbers people have had to sit through this was a fun breath of fresh air.

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