The time-honored Hollywood tradition of the red carpet continued with the 2007 Primetime Emmys on Sunday, Sept. 16.
Not only is it the place to see and be seen dressed to the nines, but also the venue where the stars sometimes feel relaxed enough to let their guard down and act the fool or reveal secrets. We sifted through the banter to bring you the highlights from the various coverage.
LOOKING GOOD – The day’s fashion standouts
Hayden Panettiere – The golden-skinned Heroes star rocked a taupey, empire-waisted Marc Bouwer gown with a huge, gathered skirt. Her elegant chignon reflected her new, adult status.
Kate Walsh – The Private Practice star still had the newlywed glow which was offset by a killer gown — a slinky, drapey red number that plunged in the front and back. Her weird, deconstructed ponytail/updo, however, was neither here nor there.
Vanessa Williams – The Ugly Betty villainess was colorful in a seafoam green Kevin Hall gown with matching green feathers starting from her empire waist and continuing all the way down past her feet.
Heidi Klum – Although she looked her usual model stunning self in a red Dior gown slit up to there, it was her intriguing updo that mimicked a bob that got our attention.
Ali Larter – The Heroes star looked young and elegant in a flowing scarlet Reem Acra gown with a gathered bodice.
WHAT WAS SHE/HE THINKING? – Fashion faux pas
Jenna Fischer – Okay, even though this Office cutie is recovering from a fractured back and recently split with her husband, that’s no reason for this overdone gold monstrosity with a huge off-kilter bow adorning her empire waist.
Ellen Pompeo – There’s nothing wrong with big, waved hair, but her ‘do was bigger than this Grey’s Anatomy star.
Jaime Pressly – Sure she’s a mom now, but did the My Name Is Earl actress have to look matronly in a loose, cap-sleeved gown?
– Long hems that pool around the women’s feet. E! host Giulana Rancic nee De Pandi accidentally stepped on Portia De Rossi’s hem and may have torn it.
– The empire waist. Vive la France!
– Why does it always have to be snakes? – Ms. De Rossi sported a sparkly snake necklace-halter strap combo on her gown, while mother of twins Marcia Cross’s forearm was adorned by a gaudy purple and turquoise snake bracelet. The only slinky thing about Mary Louise Parker was her Dolce & Gabbana dress, but she did discuss posing with the snake for her Weeds ad.
SHE/HE SAID WHAT?
Eva La Rue – The CSI: Miami star let slip that she’s had a bit of … enhancement. When TV Guide Channel host Joey Fatone asked her about modeling for Frederick’s of Hollywood, she said she only did it once and she got fired halfway through the day because she didn’t fill out the bras properly because that was, "Pre … Whatever."
Jesse Spencer – The House doctor revealed that he was carrying a nice roll of bills for the cash-only bar.
Anthony Anderson – He may star in the drama K-Ville this season, but he was still the funnyman in real life. In response to Fatone’s question if there was anything he "doesn’t" do, the actor replied, "Porn … publicly."
Tina Fey – Crediting Sesame Street muppet Elmo for her acting prowess: "He taught me everything I know: Talk really loud, talk in a high-pitched voice and be very adorable."
Kanye West – When asked if he had any advice for Britney Spears, he replied, "Go buy [my album] Graduation."
HOST SHENANIGANS – The actors aren’t the only ones who need handling.
Ryan Seacrest – Pulling double duty tonight, he ad-libbed a few lines that were not Emmy-worthy:
– Re: Elmo – "Makes me look more masculine"
– After offering Debra Messing a Glenlivet nip, he admitted, "I’ve had two or three."
– "It never felt so good being called a bastard."
Lisa Rinna to Eva Longoria: "How’s sex with Tony [Parker]?"
Kristin Veitch to Heroes star Adrian Pasdar: "You lost the porn star beard."