Stephen Colbert’s prediction of a Twitter reaction from the President was accurate, if not premature.
On Sunday night, the Emmys host joked that he was waiting for a tweet from President Trump about the awards show, and that finally came late Tuesday night.
“I was saddened to see how bad the ratings were on the Emmys last night — the worst ever,” Trump tweeted.
“Smartest people of them all are the “DEPLORABLES.”
Top show moments at the 2017 Emmy Awards
Trump has frequently bashed the Emmys, particularly by griping that his “Apprentice” never won despite eight nominations.
“Emmys telecast is way down & lowest telecast on record among young adults. Emmys have no credibility,” he tweeted in September 2012. “Should have nominated ‘Apprentice’ again!”
“The Emmys are sooooo boring! Terrible show. I’m going to watch football! I already know the winners. Good night,” he wrote the next year.
Host Stephen Colbert joked during his opening monologue that he was waiting for a tweet from the President.
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Sunday’s show averaged 11.4 million viewers, practically even with last year’s show, which was an all-time low.
Colbert tried his hardest to provoke the President, spending most of his opening monologue making jokes at his expense.
“There were over 450 original scripted shows made this year. Of course, there is no way anyone could possibly watch that much TV — other than the President, who seems to have a lot of time for that sort of thing,” the “Late Show” host said.
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a surprise cameo on Sunday for a gag about audience size.
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“Hello, sir, thank you for joining us. Looking forward to the tweet.”
He also joked that Trump would never have run for President if he had just won an Emmy.
Much of the rebuke, however, lost its impact when Colbert brought former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer onto the stage for a bit about audience size.
Alec Baldwin, Donald Glover, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Julia Louis-Dreyfus all directly mentioned or alluded to the President as well throughout the show.