The 2016 presidential election might be rigged, but the Emmys aren’t.
Amid more complaints from Donald Trump during the final presidential debate that “The Apprentice” never won while he was hosting, the Television Academy confirmed that the voting process is tamperproof.
The former reality show host has been complaining about the lack of “Apprentice” gold for years, arguments that echo his recent comments that the election is also rigged against him.
“The Emmys are all politics, that’s why, despite nominations, ‘The Apprentice never won’ — even though it should have many times over,” Trump tweeted in 2012, one of many similar complaints.
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He reiterated that conspiracy theory Wednesday night.
“There was even a time when he didn’t get an Emmy for his TV program three years in a row, where he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged against him,” Hillary Clinton said during the debate.
“Should have gotten it,” Trump interrupted.
The Television Academy pushed back with an infographic of the selection process: 20,000 voting members select from a group of elected nominees and the votes are tallied and hand-checked by Ernst & Young accountants.
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The winners’ names are then printed, sealed and secured in briefcases, which are delivered to the Microsoft Theater to be opened during the Emmys.
Actors also jumped up to defend the integrity of the Emmy process.
“The Emmys are NOT rigged,” tweeted Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has won nine Emmy Awards and been nominated 22 times.
“‘This election is rigged.. unless I win.’ ‘FBI is rigged.’ ‘The court system is rigged.’ ‘The Emmys are rigged,'” “Orange is the New Black” actress Ruby Rose wrote. “Women are rigged. Sniff sniff.”
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