Stranger Things debuted just outside this year”s Emmys” eligibility timeframe, but Netflix”s buzzy new show still had a place at the Television Academy”s awards telecast tonight.
The show cut to host Jimmy Kimmel”s mom (yes, his real mom) backstage making peanut sandwiches for the audience. Los Angeles” Microsoft Theater seats over 7,000 so Jimmy Kimmel recruited some help handing out all the brown bag lunches. In rolls the Stranger Things kids – Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Millie Bobby Brown in costume as their characters, Dustin, Lucas, and Eleven.
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The “give food out to celebs at an awards show” stunt is growing overdone. But the Stranger Things kids on their bikes were involved this time, so we”ll forgive the Emmys producers for any lack of originality there.
As soon as Kimmel announced he had PB&Js and asked, “Is anyone hungry right now?” Empire star Taraji P. Henson eagerly raised her hand. Kevin Spacey was already backstage taking a big bite out of his sammich.
Worried about the folks with allergies out there? Here”s what Kimmel had to say about that: “If you”re allergic to peanuts well I guess this is goodbye because we could only afford one EpiPen.” Shame, EpiPen. Seriously.
Also in those paper lunch bags: juice boxes (David Schwimmer got some extra for playing O.J. Simpson a.k.a. The Juice”s attorney) and hand-written notes from Kimmel”s mom. Cuba Gooding Jr. read aloud one that said, “I loved you in Snow Dogs.” Amy Schumer got one that read, “Number 1 fan. Bring back Parks and Rec” … which Kimmel proceeded to take away and hand to Amy Poehler.