LOS ANGELES – There were plenty of digs at John McCain's running mate Sarah Palin at Sunday's 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
The show immediately opened on a political note (with a great round of applause) as host Howie Mandel said that he was on Palin's "bridge to nowhere."
Winner Jeremy Piven later laughed about the comments backstage, and when asked for his thoughts on the candidate, he responded that he was with Matt Damon (who recently slammed Palin) on that one.
Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" also opened up backstage about his desire to follow in Tina Fey's footsteps and do an impersonation of the Alaska governor.
"Because I too have no business in being a vice president," Colbert explained bluntly.
Fey herself, who has gotten so much attention for her impression of Palin on "Saturday Night Live," said she hopes the VP hopeful will be out of her life very soon.
"I want to be done playing this lady Nov. 5, so if anyone could help me be done playing her on Nov. 5, that would be good for me," Fey said, adding that she was totally resistant in acknowledging her uncanny physical resemblance to Palin until her young daughter turned on the TV and teased "that's mummy."
In addition, Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" took a political poke while accepting his Emmy for best Variety, Music or Comedy Series by concluding that he is "really looking forward to the next administration, whoever that is."
Laura Linney also used the press opportunity following her win for best lead actress in a mini-series or movie to subtly slam Palin's remarks at the RNC regarding Sen. Barack Obama's roots as a community organizer.
"Our founding fathers were community organizers. I feel it's been disparaged a bit," Linney told us in the media tent, adding that nobody should be disrespected regardless of their party or personal upbringing.
More Behind-the-Scenes Emmy Scoops: Gun Scare Threatens Show, Jeremy Piven Breaks Down, Plus Which Actress Ate It on the Carpet?
The star-studded Emmys could have turned into disaster on Sunday as drama filled the street outside prior to the start of the ceremony.
Pop Tarts was told that several important figures, media members and stars were forced by the LAPD to abandon their cars and hurry to a side wall for protection as they attempted to enter a parking lot across from the Nokia Theater around 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
An eyewitness said three men were detained by police as a gun was found in their vehicle. The men (who reportedly had show tickets) were forced onto their knees and several more police (and two huge bomb squad trucks) were called to the scene while everyone in the surrounding area was ordered to flee.
The scary thing is, in order to have gotten through the road closures to the entrance, the men would have had to have obtained a special parking pass reserved for select media members and high-profile figures.
"Traffic was totally backed up and celebrities ended up just getting out of their limos and footing it to the carpet even in the extreme heat in their designer gowns," added our source.
A spokesperson for the LAPD was not immediately available for comment, but an officer confirmed that the incident was taken very seriously even though the offending weapon turned out to be an air rifle.
But this wasn't the only somewhat unglamorous incident to take place at television's night of nights. Over on the red carpet, Mary Tyler Moore took one hard hit to the ground as she attempted to walk up to "The Insider" podium for an interview. Moore quickly recovered and gave an embarrassed wave, but hurried down the press line and declined further interview opportunities.
And even after winning Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for the third consecutive year, Jeremy Piven broke down in tears backstage when asked how his late father (to whom he dedicated his Emmy) would be feeling at that moment.
"I spoke to my mother before this and ...," Piven stood speechless and wiped his eyes before exiting the press room. "Why did you do that?"
On a lighter note, the "Entourage" actor believes Guy Ritchie and Madonna must be TV-less in their home(s). Ritchie directed Piven in the upcoming "RocknRolla," and after mentioning that he was trying to look as little like his "Entourage" character Ari Gold as possible on the movie set, Ritchie apparently responded: "Who is that? What are you talking about?"
Lohan Parties, but Drinks Mocktails
Lindsay Lohan and gal pal Samantha Ronson partied at NBC's pre-Emmy bash at Spago in Beverly Hills on Saturday, where an eyewitness told Pop Tarts that Lohan looked to be in "great spirits."
According to our spy, the actress stayed close to Sam's side in the DJ booth but still socialized with the likes of Hayden Panettiere and Tracy Morgan.
We're told additional partygoers such as Christian Slater, Debra Messing, David Spade, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott all toasted to Tiny Fey and her show "30 Rock" for its Emmy nominations. But reformed rehabber Lohan opted for Shirley Temples all night.
Around the corner at the Beverly Hills Post Office, another slew of stars including Lauren Conrad, Kelsey Grammer, Jennie Garth and Olivia Wilde strutted into the Entertainment Weekly pre-Emmy event.
"I've got to wake up soon I guess. I’m straight into hair and makeup by 10," Conrad told Tarts. "It's my first Emmys, I'm presenting and kinda nervous. It's a pretty big deal."
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