If Seth Rogen is booked to present at a Hollywood awards show, you can count on him to go off-script.
The star of The Fabelmans and Pam & Tommy, who angered Emmys producers in 2021 when he took aim at that show’s COVID-19 protocols while presenting the first award of the evening, turned up in Century City on Sunday night to present best comedy series at the Critics Choice Awards.
Rogen wasted no time in questioning the show’s new format of presenting two awards at once with those winners even sharing an envelope. “I’ve never been to this. Do they always give two awards out at one time? That was weird. Why do they do that?” he said to generous laughter from the starry audience at the Fairmont Century Plaza. “Are we crunched for time? Get another hour. It can’t be that expensive. You know how I know that? This show airs at 4 p.m. on The CW. That cannot be [a] pricey time slot from my understanding of how this all works.”
That said, Rogen wanted to be clear that he wasn’t inferring that The CW is bad but perhaps the Critics Choice Association suggested that by not nominating any of the network’s shows for awards. “You are saying it’s bad. We’re on your least favorite network. How did that happen? Nominate yourselves next time, you’ll have one. No one will think it’s weird, they’ll think it’s fine,” Rogen explained.
Before presenting the nominees for best comedy series — the trophy eventually went to Quinta Brunson and her team from Abbott Elementary — he had one last joke. “If you were a normal viewer of The CW, this is a startling image to be seeing on your television right now. I might be the first Jew on The CW in history. Soak it in.”
The full list of winners can be found here.