Conan O’Brien loves the camera, it seems — he only went on stage once at the 73rd Emmys, but somehow, he became a trending topic on Twitter. Frank Scherma was the chairman and CEO at the Television Academy. He was there to present Governor’s Award. This was the first time O’Brien was trolled by him. Randomly, O’Brien stood up and began to heckle Scherma. He also saluted him. This prompted a standing ovation as well as two rounds of applause. Scherma was equally amused and confused, and she laughed with O’Brien. Twitter was also enthusiastic and applauded this stunt. Comedian Wanda Sykes wrote: “Conan is giving no F’s tonight.” While fans said: “Conan was the star of the Emmys” and “Conan’s chaotic energy is my favorite part of the show.”
Others, however, weren’t so happy with the comedic timing of O’Brien’s stunt as Scherma was there to present an award to Debbie Allen — one of the few people of color who won an Emmy. “@ConanOBrien way to nail the entitled white guy bit @TheEmmys when celebrating diversity and the legend that is @msdebbieallen. Spot on!” O’Brien also raised eyebrows when he crashed the stage after Stephen Colbert won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special. “Always been a Big fan of @ConanOBrien. But crashing @StephenAtHome acceptance speech at the #Emmys was not a class act. That was so unlike him. Was he drunk?” Others simply laughed off the moment: “I can’t tell if @ConanOBrien crashing @StephenAtHome during his acceptance speech pissed him off or not… “
Either way, it’s clear O’Brien made a splash!