Emmy Awards’ Most Memorable Moments

In preparation for the upcoming award show we take a look back at our favorite moments from the show. We take a look at the touching, funny, risque and just plain awkward the award show has to offer.

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Joan Rivers and Eddie Murphy, co-hosts of the 35th annual Emmy Awards presentations, do some kibbitzing from the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California on Sunday, Sept. 25, 1983.
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Merritt Wever delivered one of the most memorable speeches in Emmy history at the 2013 awards ceremony. Instead of waiting for music to cue her offstage, Wever keep her speech ultra-short: "Thank you so very much. Um, I gotta go, bye."
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Singers Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone of The Lonely Island perform onstage during the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Click for more famous Emmy moments.
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The cast & crew of "Modern Family" accept the Outstanding Comedy Series award onstage during the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Television talk show host Oprah Winfrey shows off her Daytime Emmy award, 1987.
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Comedians Edie Falco, Martha Plimpton, Melissa McCarthy and actor Rob Lowe speak onstage during the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.
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Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis, co-stars of ABC's "Moonlighting," are shown during the Emmy Awards telecast in Los Angeles, Sept. 20, 1986.
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Felicity Huffman (2nd from R), winner of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for "Desperate Housewives," with costars Marcia Cross, Nicollette Sheridan and Eva Longoria during the The 57th Annual Emmy Awards - Press Room at the Shrine Auditorium.
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Eddie Murphy and Joan Rivers co-hosted the Emmy Awards in 1983. The odd couple left audiences anxious for jokes and shocked the crowd with a saucy references to Joan's sex life. The irreverent move came at a time when squeaky clean shows like Taxi were among the award winners.
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Actress Ellen DeGeneres speaks on stage as she wears a swan dress during the 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. People are still talking about that dress that DeGeneres wore to mock singer Bjork.
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Brad Garrett of “Everybody Loves Raymond” fame planted a kiss on Garry Shandling during the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2003. The duo was parodying Madonna and Brittney spears who had their famous kiss earlier that month at the VMA's.
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Co-host Heidi Klum and Tom Bergeron perform in a skit during the 60th in 2008. Bergeron missed his cue causing Klum to fall on live television.
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Hosts Heidi Klum, Tom Bergeron, Howie Mandel, Ryan Seacrest and Jeff Probst were victims of the writers strike in 2008. The strike left the hosts with no material to perform during the pre-gala programing leaving the hosts to add lib--disastrously.
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At the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2010 actor Ricky Gervais, the creator of the original "The Office" to the opportunity to mock Actor Mel Gibson. He also passed out beer to audience members in the two front rows.
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Donald Trump donned overalls and a straw hat while singing the theme to “Green Acres” alongside Megan Mullally during the 2005 show.
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Camryn Manheim holds her Emmy up with pride during the 1998 show. The actress took home the statue for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on "The Practice." During her acceptance speech the actress quipped, "This is for all the fat girls!"
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Katherine Heigl of 'Grey's Anatomy" fame accepts the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award during the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The actress then proceeded to tell all the viewers that her own mother told her, "She didn't have a chance."
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Kristie Alley accepts her Emmy award for Outstanding lead actress in 1991 after failing to win the award in the years prior. She then thanked her then husband Parker Stevenson for "giving me the big one for the last eight years."
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Michael J. Fox won his the first of three Emmy awards for his role as Alex P Keaton on “Family Ties”. The actor joked,"I feel four feet tall." The actor pictured with Betty White would later win another Emmy for best actor for his role in “Spin City” and another for his recent guest stint on “Rescue Me.”
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In 1979 Alan Alda accepted the Emmy for outstanding writing in a comedy or comedy-variety series. The actor had already won Emmy's for acting and directing when his name was called he did an celebratory cart wheel in the aisle.
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During the 57th Annual Emmy Awards in 2005 actress S. Epatha Merkerson learned not to store her acceptance speech in her dress. The actress had a quick wardrobe malfunction that she quickly corrected.
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During Julia Ormond acceptance speech at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy 2010. The actress wanted to thank the other nominees and proceed to name them off until she got to Catherine O'Hara. Ormond stammered and tried to remember O'Hara's name but recovered by saying, "Catherine I love you." (
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Conan O'Brien locked Actor Bob Newhart in a cylinder with exactly three hours of air in a ploy to cut acceptance speeches short at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2006. The show ended three minutes early and Newhart was spared.
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Helen Mirren won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her role in "Prime Suspect: The Final Act" at the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The show was spiced up when she to joked in a rather blue matter that she hadn't fallen. The censors were slow on the draw and the phrase made it into homes across America.
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Cloris Leachman holds her Emmy which she won for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her appearance on "Malcolm in the Middle" at the 54th Annual Emmy Awards in 2002. The actress has won 8 Emmy awards throughout her career and gives her the distinction of being the performer with the most wins.
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Betty White present actress Tina Fey the Outstanding Comedy Series award for 30 Rock onstage during the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2008. The award acted as a passing of the torch from comedy greats to a comedy great.
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In 1961 Barbara Stanwyck was so excited when her name was called as the winner of the Emmy for best actress in a series that she jumped out of her chair and headed towards the stage, without noticing that her evening gown was torn and the actress threw on her coat and ran to get her statue.
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