Emmys

Emmys 2016: Grade Jimmy Kimmel's Opening Monologue, Return as Host

It wasn’t high-fiving the President of the United States, but it certainly came close.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! host Jimmy Kimmel kicked the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday —  his second time emceeing the broadcast — with a caravan through current TV.

An opening taped piece found Kimmel catching a ride to the ceremony in The People v. O.J. Simpson‘s white Bronco (with Malcolm Jamal-Warner), Modern Family‘s Dunphy minivan (with Ty Burr, Julie Bowen, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland and Ariel Winter), Veep‘s presidential limo — (with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale and chauferred by Jeb Bush, of all people) — James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke car (complete with Wham! flight of fancy) and a Game of Thrones dragon (piloted by Emilia Clarke).

Some highlights from the intro:

* “Did you know you can make $12 an hour driving for Uber?” Bush asked Kimmel, later wondering aloud what being nominated felt like.

* “The Emmys are so diverse this year,” Kimmel joked, “the Oscars are now telling people we’re one of their closest friends. We’re not, by the way.”

* Kimmel pinned Donald Trump’s political successes on his Celebrity Apprentice producer extraordinaire. “Thanks to Mark Burnett, we don’t have to watch reality shows anymore, because we’re living in one.”

Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith’s yearly absence from the broadcast was noted. “This year, she had a Sunday ceramics class she couldn’t get out of,” Kimmel joked.

Watch Kimmel’s opening bit (at the top of this post) and monologue (below), grade his intro and overall performance via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choices!