“Entourage” star Jeremy Piven, who made a jab at the Emmys opener during his award acceptance speech Sunday night, revealed to Access Hollywood that he originally thought the start of the show was the result of Ashton Kutcher.
“To be honest with you, I was having this moment watching it where I didn’t know where I was. I didn’t know what was happening ... I thought we were being punk’d as an audience,” Piven told Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell.
Piven, who was the first star to pick up a golden statue during the broadcast, for best supporting actor, directed a barb at the five hosts — Ryan Seacrest, Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Jeff Probst and Howie Mandel — as he picked up his award.
“What if I just kept talking for 12 minutes, what would happen? That was the opening,” he said as the audience gave a loud applause.
Backstage, Piven said that as he watched the bits, he thought Kutcher “was going to pop out and say, ‘You’ve all been punk’d! Let’s start the show.”
“The reality was ... it’s like CGI. It’s like what they did with ‘300.’ It just kept going,” Piven said of the routine. “And (as an award recipient), you’re like, ‘My god! I wanna be honest, but I also kinda need to be funny somehow.”
Piven added that he made the remark about the beginning of the show because of his background.
“You gotta understand, I grew up in the theater where it’s like — this will sound so pretentious, but I don’t care — that like, you respect the space that you occupy when you get up on stage, so bring something. And they’re like, ‘We’ve brought nothing,’” Piven said. “They just kept going with nothing, so I was confused.”