Cedric the Entertainer is emceeing the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards and opened the present with a rap about TV impressed by the late Biz Markie’s music “Just a Friend.”

He was joined by fellow actors LL Cool J, Mandy Moore, Brendan Hunt, Tracee Ellis Ross, Billy Porter, Rita Wilson, and more who all contributed a verse. 

Later he returned to the stage to ship his monologue and poked gratifying at tonight’s nominees and only some present occasion headlines. 

“Lock the doors, we’re not leaving until we find a new host for ‘Jeopardy!’” Cedric joked about the quiz present’s firing of Mike Richards. 


“We had to vaxxed to come here,” he talked about about the present’s security protocols. “I got vaxxed. I did not have a reaction like Nicki Minaj’s cousin’s friend. I got Pfizer because I’m bougie. Pfizer, that’s the Neiman Marcus of vaccines, Moderna, that’s Macy’s. Johnson & Johnson, that’s TJ Maxx.”

Cedric well-known what number of Black actors had been nominated for his or her work this 12 months. “It’s a big job. It comes with a lot of pressure being Black. Black people are like, ‘Yo Ced, you gotta give Martin Lawrence an Emmy man,'” he talked about.

(L-R) Lil Dicky, Cedric The Entertainer, Rita Wilson, and LL Cool J appear onstage at the 73rd Emmy Awards. 

(L-R) Lil Dicky, Cedric The Entertainer, Rita Wilson, and LL Cool J seem onstage at the 73rd Emmy Awards. 
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“The good news, there’s a lot of Black people nominated tonight like my dawg Anthony Anderson. It’s his 11th nomination,” he added earlier than noting he was up in opposition to Jason Sudeikis for “Ted Lasso” and Michael Douglas for “Kominsky Method.” “Good luck partner. Look like it’s still hard out here for a pimp.”

“The Bridgertons are another one. Very spicy,” he talked about of the smash-hit Netflix drama assortment. “But ain’t no way a Black man gonna have that much sex with a White woman in the 1800s. Jamie Foxx couldn’t pull that off as Django — and he was unchained.”


Cedric furthermore roasted the British royal household. “‘The Crown,’ another great show,” he talked about, “It’s embarrassing to the real monarchy.”

“[Prince Harry] renounced his thrown earlier than Eddie Murphy did in ‘Coming to America,'” Cedric joked. 

Then, the producer mentioned Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey during which they revealed concern was raised over the skin tone of their son, Archie. 


“Little Archie they need little Archie. I mean Charles can’t dance who else gonna educate them study to TikTok?”