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Rita Wilson Raps & 'Ted Lasso' Star Brett Goldstein Can't Help But Drop F-Bombs: The Best Moments From The 2021 Emmy Awards

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Sep. 20 2021, Published 12:39 a.m. ET

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Television’s biggest night is over — and the competition was fierce.

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Cedric the Entertainer hosted the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards live from L.A. Live's Event Deck in Los Angeles. The in-person broadcast was a welcome change from last year, when Jimmy Kimmel hosted the virtual 2020 Emmy Awards, which saw winners accepting their awards from home via livestream amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The night's biggest winners included The Crown, which accumulated seven wins — including Olivia Colman and Josh O’Connor taking home the honor of Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, respectively. Ted Lasso fared just as well, snagging four Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy Series.

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Scroll through to check out the best moments from the 2021 Emmy Awards.

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the biggest moments from the rd primetime emmy awards
Source: Cliff Lipson/CBS

The event kicked off with host Cedric the Entertainer and LL Cool J performing their own fun renedition of Biz Markie's "Just A Friend" before several celebrities — including Mandy Moore, Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson — took over the mic. However, it was Rita Wilson's rap skills that really stole the show, as she spit out, "Who knew they had so much TV/This HBO Max I got for free/And this rap wouldn’t be complete/I need to give a shout out to Sesame Street/So many characters I love, in fact/That’s Bert and Ernie’s business, we don’t care about that."

the biggest moments from the rd primetime emmy awards
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As OK! previously reported, Seth Rogen had no issue calling out the annual award show for hosting a packed audience in tight quarters amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "They said this was outdoors, it’s not!" the Pineapple Express actor said. "They lied to us. We’re in a hermetically-sealed tent right now.”

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the biggest moments from the rd primetime emmy awards
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Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham screamed for joy (and, at point, crouched down in disbelief) while accepting her award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. After telling series creator Jason Sudeikis, “You changed my life with this,” she turned to Juno Temple — who was also nominated — and sweetly informed her costar, “I swear to God, if I could break off one of [her award's] arms and give it to you, because that's what you are to me ... if you ever leave my life, I'm going to stalk you.”

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the biggest moments from the rd primetime emmy awards
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Much like his Ted Lasso character Roy Kent, Brett Goldstein couldn’t help but curse once he got onstage after snagging a trophy for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series. “I was very, very specifically told I’m not allowed to swear," the British actor said, "so this speech is going to be f***ing short."

the biggest moments from the rd primetime emmy awards
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Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Or Anthology Series or Movie winner Evan Peters took a moment to thank his parents and the Academy, before screaming a shoutout to Mare Of Easstown costar Kate Winslet "for being Kate Winslet."

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After accepting the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Sudeikis took the opportunity to thank his kids, mentors, colleagues and Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, who, he joked, "went to go take a dump”.

the biggest moments from the rd primetime emmy awards
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The cast of Schitt's CreekDan Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Annie Murphy and Eugene Levy — was forced to improvise when the teleprompter failed to work at a crucial moment. Luckily, the quartet were complete pros, and managed to kill time by giving fans the Rose family reunion we didn't know we needed.

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Winslet — who won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for Mare of Easttown — excitedly exclaimed, "Mom, Mom, they're standing up!" as she recieved a standing ovation. Not only did the actress honor her fellow nominees, but she also gave a sweet shoutout to her husband Edward Abel Smith "who I get to hold hands with for the rest of my life. Yes, I am the winner!"

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I May Destroy You's Michaela Coel — who took home the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Television Limited Series or Movie — dedicated "this story to every single survivor of sexual assault", noting, "Write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that isn’t comfortable."

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