How did Jane Lynch do as Emmys host? Vote in our poll!

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Blame Jimmy Fallon? Perhaps the Late Night host set the bar way too high with his top-notch opening number last year, but it seems a good number of you on Twitter were a tad disappointed in Jane Lynch’s hosting duties at the Emmys last night. (EW’s Ken Tucker would beg to differ, noting she was, “Excellent, and even better in her quick, throwaway moments than in the funny taped pieces.”)

While that bland opener (Alec Baldwin or no Alec Baldwin, it certainly got the show off on the wrong foot) certainly did her no favors, some — including yours truly — feel the ceremony didn’t allow Lynch to play to her strengths. Lynch is a great character actress… who didn’t get a chance to reference or play up any of her great characters last night. Granted, there was a small appearance by Sue Sylvester in the opening bit, but Lynch might have been better served to save her for a better parody later in the ceremony. And no bits in which Party Down‘s Constance Carmell brings cocktail weenies to the audience? Shame. It’s not that Lynch isn’t a likable personality, it’s that, unlike former great hosts like Ellen DeGeneres and Conan O’Brien, Lynch has won us over with her superb acting skills. Why not use them?

Of course, as James Hibberd pointed out, Lynch did have some great zingers, including the night’s best joke, “A lot of people are very curious why I’m a lesbian … Ladies and gentleman, the cast of Entourage.” (I personally thought her jab, “Oh, poor little Ricky Gervais, someone didn’t get enough hugs from Mommy and somehow it’s Hollywood’s fault” was one of the show’s low lights. Is it just me or is everything people have said about Ricky Gervais meaner than anything he actually said during the Golden Globes?)

But, let’s hear what you think PopWatchers. Was Jane Lynch a good host, a bad host, or just kind of an all-around okay/disappointing one? Do you think the Emmys underutilized her, or was she just not a good choice to host in the first place? Tale our poll below and sound of in the comments section!


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  • Brit

    Hard to vote when your options are ‘Great’ or ‘Bad’. I’m somewhere in between. I thought she did a decent job, but not as well as some in the past. But by no means was she bad.

    • Strepsi

      Yeah where’s the option for “Good, but not the best ever.”

      • MJ

        Agreed. She is great, the writers/producers handicapped her.

    • Jon

      The Gervais jab did seem like a low-blow, and only highlighted how desparetly we need hosts that know how ridiculous award shows are. From what I remember about his stint, none of his jokes were at undeserving targets.

      • Bebe

        I thought she was being ironic with her put-down of Gervais. Aren’t the two of them friends? I thought they were…

    • Mike K

      I didn’t know “she was okay” wasn’t in the middle

      • Brie

        Mike K, sit down. It’s so annoying when people come LATE after something has been edited and make snarky remarks.

    • Nita Norris

      Good but perhaps not the best ever.

  • ICK

    Godawful.
    Really, she is severely overrated.

    • Jento

      I thought she was good, but her material was just okay. Now that I think of it, most of the material last night was just okay. Almost funny. Almost good.

  • Strepsi

    Yes, the night’s best joke was: “A lot of people are very curious why I’m a lesbian … Ladies and gentleman, the cast of Entourage.”

    I thought she was great, but the sketch concepts didn’t quite hit; the opening should not have been a musical number (Fallon nailed that last year), but more about her walking through the shows — if the whole thing was like the MAD MEN part it could have killed.

    The Emmy-tones was cute but tanked, I would rather have had Jane quip between acts, because a quick quip is what she does so well.

    Overall the production was good, the re-organization of the genres was great and it actually ended right on time!

    • Alisa

      You’re right! The Mad Men scene was the best bit of the opening…so if she just did it like a film a la Billy Crystal, it would have worked. Emmy-Tones…awful. I wanted more Jane.

    • us

      other then the “”Mad Men” bit you mentioned and the “Entourage” joke, it was awful, The Jersey Shore skit was laugh free bad!..the only three things that were funny all night were Steve Levitan’s Wife, The Best Comedy Actress Pageant, and The Lonely Island Medly, everything else tanked!

    • Tygor1

      I still don’t get that joke! Am I missing something???

  • Um

    PLEASE bring back Jimmy Fallon. That opening numbe and his great delivery was a terrific boost to the show last year. This year did not live up to that level at all…

    • Elizabeth

      It depends on the network who the host is…

      She did what she could with what they gave her. If you want to hold someone accountable, take Mark Burnett (producer of this year’s awards) out behind the shed.

  • Cassius

    Lamest propaganda-fest I have endured, EVER.

    Absolutely pathetic, and ‘decorated’ by a blatant
    Lesbian’s barely-controlled, seething rage.

    Putrid drivel. Cringe-inducing. Hideously bad.

    • Aprilcot26

      Wait, what? Are we still talking about the Emmys?

    • Greenlee Gazette

      May your spouse come out as gay. . .

    • derstk

      wait, who is the one with ‘barely-controlled, seething rage’ here…?

    • @ CASSIUS

      “Blatant lesbian” — really?!

      Do you have any idea how many “blatant straight people” we gay people have to put up with: they are always “throwing their sexuality in our faces” by mentioning how presenters of the opposite sex are hot, then “flaunting their sexuality” by thanking their wives and children!

      If you think seeing someone who is not exactly like you, being honest on TV, is propaganda, you are the one with the seething rage.

    • wakeforce

      Typical response from a closeted queen.

  • Bill

    I thought the lesbian joke and the Hakuna Matata joke were the best of hers in the night. I thought Nathan Fillion’s joke in the taped office bit was hilarious.

    • Ann

      I agree! Loved the Hakuna Matata joke because it was pure Lynch.

  • BG

    A stand-up comedian is best for these things. As a comic actress, Jane Lynch always seems over the top – trying too hard. Has anyone seen her dramatic trurns (Criminal Minds). She’s much better

  • me

    I thought Jane Lynch did the best that she could. I really like her from her roles in the Christopher Guest movies, I don’t watch Glee. What my husband and I didn’t like was the show itself. The skits were terrible, the music sucked. The Emmy’s are an award ceremony. I know some think that the ceremony has been too stiff in the past and they want to loosen it up, however, I think they went too far to the “loose” side and needed to be a little more formal. It’s a shame that they couldn’t find the middle ground.

    • TinLV

      I agree. Jane was fine most of the time; she was certainly better than Ricky Gervais last year. But Mark Burnett did a terrible job producing the show. Not very entertaining. I was channel flipping between awards.

  • CanuckJen

    She was okay but I blame the lame comedy writers for these award show duds…the performance numbers were terrible, the skits were boring…I am not sure what can be done to make these show more entertaining except to get real comedy writers to do the writing.

    • yen

      real comedy writers DO write it, idiot. they write funny stuff for the celebrity patters but the celebrities say no, so it has to be re-written and it’s not as funny.

      • Hamlinator

        No actors forced a re-write of the lame jokes made as the winners made their way up to the stage. Don’t blame the poor writing job on the presenters.

  • whatevs

    It was embarrassing to watch, really.

    • KLH

      What was with her stylists obsession with foil?

  • Stef

    OK – not as good as Jimmy last year. Felt like the beginning was trying to recapture what he did last year.

  • Bob O’Brien

    Worst EMMYS ever. The opening number fell flat, Ricky Gervais and Charlie Sheen fell flat, the inane vocal group/jingle singers were annoying excess, and the jokes leading the winners to the stage were abysmal.

    • Michelle

      RE: the jokes leading the winners to the stage…

      THANK YOU! Everyone I spoke to or read their comments on this subject thought it was hysterical. The guy was acting like a giant toolbag.

    • wino

      the worst ever? really? gimme a break. the show fell flat in some areas, but there were some nice highlights.

  • ST

    She wasn’t horrible but she wasn’t very good either. Overall, the ceremony was just boring honestly.

  • Sandy

    Didn’t like the opening number and was prepared for disappointment but was pleasantly surprised by most of the rest of her hosting appearances. I think she is a great actress.

  • ICK

    My two lesbian neighbors asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I told them I want to watch.
    They gave me a Rolex!

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