I’m not saying that Ryan Seacrest single-handedly killed The Emmys last night — he obviously had a lot of help. Here’s basically how it went. He came out and tried his standard routine on American Idol, where he looks around and points out celebrities in the audience. The problem, of course, being that he was at the Emmys, so instead of five celebrities (and that includes Clay Aiken), there were hundreds of celebrities (and that includes former Vice President Al Gore). So, Ryan saunters over to the Desperate Housewives section and chats up the ladies.

It’s then that you realize they have the celebrities in stackable plastic chairs — which is fine if you’re talking about Eva Longoria, but Helen Mirren is a dame for pete’s sake! And then there was the surround seating that left many of the big winners of the night sitting behind the stage all night. As James Spader put it, “These are the worst concert tickets I have ever had.” And, lets remember, he was in Stargate.

A few exciting awards at the beginning, including Katherine Heigl’s win for best supporting actress when she noted that her mother told her she didn’t have a chance.

One award provided a clip montage from Colbert, Daily Show, Conan O’Brien and Real Time that was the funniest moment of the night.

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And the excitement ended with Sally Field getting censored when she “put the God in front of the damn” in her comments about mothers waiting for their sons to come home from the war.

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In the end, it was The Emmys’ worst ratings in nearly a decade. Thanks, Ryan.

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