Neil Patrick Harris‘ 2013 Emmy Awards opening monologue didn’t go exactly as viewers likely planned, but that’s what made it all the better. After he started talking about how he’s happy to be hosting, his speech quickly got interrupted by former host Jimmy Kimmel.
“There’s a good chance they won’t ask you back next year,” Kimmel says. “You know just something to think about. They didn’t ask Jane Lynch back, that’s all I’m saying.”
Of course, that was the perfect opportunity for Jane Lynch to walk on stage, which she did. “I wasn’t asked back because I’m a woman,” she quips. Harris shoots back, “I don’t think anyone who saw you that night thought of you as a woman.”
Following behind Lynch’s appearance was Jimmy Fallon — “You’ve got to the song and dance thing like you did for the Emmys. Give them a little tippy-tappy.” — and Conan O’Brien — “I hosted the Emmys twice; twice back when it meant something. … Now look at us: a bunch of amateurs hoping to get a selfie with the guys from ‘Duck Dynasty.'” — but it turns out someone else was the evil mastermind behind the sketch: Kevin Spacey as Congressman Frank Underwood.
“It’s all going according to my plan. I was promised the hosting job this year and they turned me down. They said they wanted someone more ‘likable,'” he says. His final touch on his sabotage of Harris? Having Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, both sitting in the front row, trying to get Harris to take off his pants and twerk.
“I come to award shows for the twerking,” Poehler quips. Amazing.