Emmy Awards host Cedric the Entertainer mocks Royal family

‘That’s the real tea’: Emmy Awards host Cedric the Entertainer mocks Royal family as he pokes fun at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview and addresses baby Archie race claims

  • Cedric the Entertainer poked fun at the Royals during his opening monologue at the Emmy Awards held in LA on Sunday night 
  • The comedian, 57, joked Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s bombshell Oprah interview that aired in March was the ‘real tea’ 
  • Cedric addressed Meghan’s claims a member of the Royal family questioned how dark Archie’s skin tone would be when she was pregnant
  • He teased the Palace needs Archie to teach them how to make TikTok videos 

Cedric the Entertainer couldn’t resist poking fun at the Royal family while hosting the Emmy Awards, as he brought up Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s controversial TV interview with Oprah Winfrey. 

The comedian, 57, had been running through the TV highlights of the past year, including The Crown, when he brought up the bombshell interview in which Meghan claimed concerns were raised over son Archie’s skin colour when she was pregnant.

Joking Meghan and Harry’s no-holds barred chat with Oprah was the ‘real tea’, Cedric claimed the Royal family ‘need’ baby Archie, two, so he can ‘teach the Queen how to use TikTok’. 

The stand-up star hosted the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards that took place in Sunday in Los Angeles. 

Taking to the stage in front of a reduced crowd, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cedric was seen making digs at the Royals, as he referenced hit Netflix show The Crown.

He told the star-studded audience: ‘As great as The Crown is, it pales in comparison to the real monarchy…

‘Oooo I mean that Oprah interview with Prince Harry and Megan. That was the real tea right there, wasn’t it!?’

Poking fun: Cedric the Entertainer, 57, was seen mocking the Royal family over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview during his monologue at the Emmy Awards on Sunday

Bombshell: The comedian teased the controversial interview was ‘the real tea’ as he addressed Meghan’s claims a member of the Royal family had questioned the colour of son Archie’s skin

Cedric teased: ‘Meghan must put it on that boy because he renounced his throne quicker than Eddie Murphy in Coming to America.’

The interview, which debuted to 17 million viewers in the US alone and 60 million worldwide in March, was itself nominated for Outstanding Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special. 

The special lost to CNN’s Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy. 

Moving on to Meghan’s claims that members of the Royal family questioned her about how dark Archie’s skin would be when she was pregnant with her first child, Cedric said: ‘I can’t believe they were talking about that little baby like that, little Archie. How dark that little baby gonna be.’

He joked: ‘They need little Archie! Charles can’t dance, who else going to teach them how to TikTok. I can just see it now, baby Archie with the Queen like, ‘Come on Gammy.”

Sharing his vision, Cedric then started dancing on stage and laughed: ‘The whole crown behind them like, ‘Ok your majesty, I see you.”

Sitting in the audience had been stars of The Crown, including Josh O’Connor, best known for playing Prince Charles in season three and season four, who looked a little sheepish as Cedric made his jokes. 

‘They need little Archie’: Cedric teased that the Royals need Archie around to teach them how to dance and make TikTok videos

Funnyman: Cedric then started dancing on stage, pretending to be the Queen, and laughed: ‘The whole crown behind them like, ‘Ok your majesty, I see you.”

Awkward: Stars of The Crown, including Josh O’Connor (above) were sitting in the audience and looked a little sheepish as the Royals became the target of Cedric’s jokes

Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview aired in March on CBS over in the US and on ITV in the UK. 

Following its airing, the Palace responded to claims made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with a statement being released on behalf of the Queen. 

It read: ‘The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. 

‘While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.’

Oprah later claimed that the Royal who had allegedly questioned how dark Archie’s skin tone would be was neither the Queen or her late husband Prince Philip.  

Start how you mean to go on: The stand-up star kicked off the Emmys with a musical number where he was joined on stage at LA Live by Dave ‘Lil Dicky’ Burd, Rita Wilson and LL Cool J (pictured above L-R)

Laugh a minute: Cedric was also seen joking about the coronavirus pandemic and the debate surrounding vaccinations for the virus during his opening monologue (pictured above on red carpet ahead of show)

Elsewhere during the Emmys, Cedric was seen joking about the coronavirus pandemic and the debate surrounding vaccinations for the virus. 

This year’s awards ceremony was held at LA Live with a reduced audience capacity and it was required guests had to be vaccinated in order to attend  

That inspired another of Cedric’s jokes as he was seen targeting Nicki Minaj’s recent claims 

He was seen targeting Nicki Minaj’s recent claims that the vaccine had caused her cousin’s friend to become ‘impotent’. 

The rapper was seen telling fans to think twice about getting vaccinated, after she revealed she couldn’t attend the Met Gala in New York because she hadn’t been jabbed. 

Sharing her concerns about the vaccine, Nicki tweeted: ‘My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding.’

Using her tweet as material for his monologue, Cedric joked: ‘We had to get vaxxed to come here. I did not have a reaction like Nicki Minaj’s cousin…I got Pfizer, that’s the Neiman Marcus of vaccines. Moderna is Macy’s. And Johnson & Johnson is TJ Maxx.’ 

Nicki’s tweet was condemned by health authorities in both the US and in Trinidad and Tobago, as ministers insisted her claims were false. 

According to the BBC, Trinidad and Tobago’s health minister Terrence Deyalsingh said in response: ‘One of the reasons why we could not respond yesterday in real-time to Miss Minaj is that we had to check and make sure that what she was claiming was either true or false. 

‘Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim.’

He stressed his department couldn’t find evidence of Nicki’s claims happening. 

US President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci urged Nicki to ‘think twice’ before making claims about the vaccine. 

Fauci said: ‘I’m not blaming her for anything – but she should be thinking twice about propagating information that really has no basis as except a one-off anecdote, and that’s not what science is all about.’ 

Cedric, meanwhile, kicked off the Emmys with a musical number on stage, where he was joined by a whole host of stars including LL Cool J, Dave ‘Lil Dicky’ Burd and Rita Wilson. 

Big win: The Crown took home 11 awards on the night, including Best Drama Series and Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Josh O’Connor’s portrayal of Prince Charles (pictured above)

Stars in the audience, such as Billy Porter and Tracee Ellis-Ross, also got involved as Cedric performed Biz Markie’s Just A Friend – changing the lyrics to focus on TV shows in the spirit of the awards.   

Big winners on the night included series Ted Lasso, The Queen’s Gambit, Saturday Night Live and The Crown, which scooped Best Drama Series and became the first Netflix show to do so. 

The Crown also picked up four acting wins for its stars Gillian Anderson, who plays Margaret Thatcher in series four, Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip), actor O’Connor (Prince Charles) and Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth II). 

Colman took home the award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series and became emotional as she dedicated the win to her late father, who died amid the pandemic. 

Sweet: Olivia Colman took home the award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series and became emotional as she dedicated the win to her late father during the ceremony


Drama Series

The Boys (Amazon)

Bridgerton (Netflix)

The Crown (Netflix) — WINNER

The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

Lovecraft Country (HBO)

The Mandalorian (Disney+)

Pose (FX)

This Is Us (NBC)


Comedy Series

Black-ish (ABC)

Cobra Kai (Netflix)

Emily in Paris (Netflix)

Hacks (HBO Max)

The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)

The Kominsky Method (Netflix)

Pen15 (Hulu)

Ted Lasso (Apple TV+) — WINNER


Variety Talk Series

Conan (TBS)

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) — WINNER

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)


Competition Series

The Amazing Race (CBS)

Nailed It! (Netflix)

RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1) — WINNER

Top Chef (Bravo)

The Voice (NBC)


Jean Smart was recognized for Hacks

Lead Actress, Comedy

Aidy Bryant (Shrill)

Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant)

Allison Janney (Mom)

Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish)

Jean Smart (Hacks) — WINNER


Lead Actor, Comedy

Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)

Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)

William H. Macy (Shameless)

Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso) — WINNER

Kenan Thompson (Kenan)  


Lead Actor, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology

Paul Bettany (WandaVision)

Hugh Grant (The Undoing)

Ewan McGregor (Halston) — WINNER

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton)

Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton)

Kate Winslet was recognized for  her work in Mare Of Easttown


Lead Actress, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology

Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You)

Cynthia Erivo (Genius: Aretha)

Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision)

Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit)

Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown) — WINNER


Limited Series

I May Destroy You (HBO)

Mare of Easttown (HBO)

The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix) — WINNER

The Underground Railroad (Amazon)

WandaVision (Disney+)

Lead Actress, Drama

Uzo Aduba (In Treatment)

Olivia Colman (The Crown) — WINNER

Emma Corrin (The Crown)

Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Mj Rodriguez (Pose)

Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country)


Lead Actor, Drama

Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)

Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country)

Josh O’Connor (The Crown) — WINNER

Rege-Jean Page (Bridgerton)

Billy Porter (Pose)

Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason)


Television Movie

Dolly Parton’s Christmas On The Square – WINNER


Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia

Sylvie’s Love

Uncle Frank 


Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian)

O-T Fagbenie (The Handmaid’s Tale)

John Lithgow (Perry Mason)

Tobias Menzies (The Crown) — WINNER

Max Minghella (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Chris Sullivan (This Is Us)

Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Michael K. Williams (Lovecraft Country)







Gillian Anderson in The Crown won Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Gillian Anderson (The Crown) — WINNER

Helena Bonham Carter (The Crown)

Madeline Brewer (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Aunjanue Ellis (Lovecraft Country)

Emerald Fennell (The Crown)

Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)


Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Carl Clemons-Hopkins (Hacks)

Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso) — WINNER

Brendan Hunt (Ted Lasso)

Nick Mohammed (Ted Lasso)

Paul Reiser (The Kominsky Method)

Jeremy Swift (Ted Lasso)

Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)

Bowen Yang (Saturday Night Live)


Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)

Hannah Einbinder (Hacks)

Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)

Rosie Perez (The Flight Attendant)

Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live)

Juno Temple (Ted Lasso)

Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso) — WINNER


Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Thomas Brodie Sangster (The Queen’s Gambit)

Daveed Diggs (Hamilton)

Paapa Essiedu (May Destroy You)

Jonathan Groff (Hamilton)

Evan Peters (Mare Of Easttown) — WINNER

Anthony Ramos (Hamilton)


Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton)

Kathryn Hahn (WandaVision)

Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit)

Julianne Nicholson (Mare Of Easttown) — WINNER

Jean Smart (Mare Of Easttown)

Phillipa Soo (Hamilton)


Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Don Cheadle (‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’)

Charles Dance (‘The Crown’)

Timothy Olyphant (‘The Mandalorian’)

Courtney B. Vance (‘Lovecraft Country’) — WINNER

Carl Weathers (‘The Mandalorian’)


Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)

Claire Foy (‘The Crown’) — WINNER

McKenna Grace (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)

Sophie Okonedo (‘Ratched’)

Phylicia Rashad (‘This Is Us’)


Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin (‘Saturday Night Live’)

Dave Chappelle (‘Saturday Night Live’) — WINNER

Morgan Freeman (‘The Kominsky Method’)

Daniel Kaluuya (‘Saturday Night Live’)

Daniel Levy (‘Saturday Night Live’)


Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Jane Adams (‘Hacks’)

Yvette Nicole Brown (‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’)

Bernadette Peters (‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’)

Issa Rae (‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’)

Maya Rudolph (‘Saturday Night Live’) — WINNER

Kristen Wiig (‘Saturday Night Live’)


Saturday Night Live won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series 

Variety Sketch Series

‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

‘Saturday Night Live’ — WINNER


Variety Special (Live)

Celebrating America – An Inauguration Night Special (Multiple Platforms)

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)

The Oscars (ABC)

The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Starring The Weeknd (CBS)

Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 (Showtime) — WINNER


Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)

Bo Burnham: Inside (Netflix)

David Byrne’s American Utopia (HBO)

8:46 – Dave Chappelle (Netflix)

Friends: The Reunion (HBO Max)

Hamilton (Disney Plus) — WINNER

A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote (HBO Max)


Hosted Nonfiction Series or Special

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman (Netflix)

Oprah with Megan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special (CBS)

Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy (CNN) – WINNER

United Shades Of America with W. Kamau Bell (CNN)

VICE (Showtime)


Host For a Reality or Competition Program

Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness (‘Queer Eye’)

Nicole Byer (‘Nailed It!’)

Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary (‘Shark Tank’)

Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons (‘Top Chef’)

RuPaul (‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’) – WINNER


Animated Program

‘Big Mouth’ (Netflix)

‘Bob’s Burgers’ (Fox)

‘Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal’ (Adult Swim)

‘The Simpsons’ (Fox)

‘South Park: The Pandemic Special’ (Comedy Central)

 Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal – WINNER


Short Form Animated Program

‘Love, Death + Robots’ (Netflix) – WINNER

‘Maggie Simpson In: The Force Awakens From Its Nap’ (Disney)

‘Once Upon a Snowman’ (Disney Plus)

‘Robot Chicken’ (Adult Swim)



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