Emmys saw winners, political jabs and Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer Emmys

"Of course what really matters to Donald Trump is ratings".

"Thanks for tuning in!" "And however you feel about the president - and you do feel about the president - you can't deny that every show is influenced by Trump in some way".

Stephen Colbert, the 53-year-old "Late Show" host, who helmed the show, pointed out that Emmy voters made a big mistake when they did not give Trump an award for "Celebrity Apprentice".

You know, the one where he tried to stick to the party line that the crowds at Donald Trump's inauguration were the biggest of all time when they very blatantly, factually were not.

Host Stephen Colbert didn't hold back.

Backstage, the show's longtime top executive, Lorne Michaels said it was one of the show's most awesome years, "because everything changed every day". Oh, and lots of Trump jokes.

"Saturday Night Live" won a total of nine Emmys on Sunday and at last week's Creative Arts Emmys. Alec Baldwin won a supporting actor Emmy for his impression of Trump on SNL.

The Emmy victor took another jab at the president when he mentioned that he and his wife, Hilaria Baldwin, did not have a baby this past year.

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Kate McKinnon won the Best Actress statue for her impersonation of Hillary Clinton on the show.

This all isn't to say that scripted political television will save America, but a nuanced, 10-episode season is certainly harder to dismiss in a tweet than a 30-second sound bite on the podium.

Other stars watching at home added their opinions on social media, blasting the organisers for giving Spicer the opportunity to be amusing when he hadn't taken responsibility for the lies he told during his time as secretary.

"Atlanta's" Donald Glover used his winner's speech to thank "Trump, for making black people No. 1 on the most oppressed list". I can understand why he'd want one of these guys around.

"Veep's" Julia Louis-Dreyfus even mentioned an abandoned story line involving impeachment.

On the positive side of things (yes, there were actually a few positive things to happen), actress Ann Down won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for "A Handmaid's Tale".

Imagine if the whole night had taken such a tone.

There were references in Colbert's opening musical number to treason being better on TV, and the hypothetical of having a President not beloved by Nazis.

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