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Emmys 2018: Rick and Morty introduce the audience to a living Emmy

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Sep 14, 2020, 10:50 AM EDT (Updated)

Did you know that the Emmys are actually a form of animal cruelty?

Adult Swim's Rick and Morty (voiced by the show's co-creator Justin Roiland) made a surprise appearance at the 2018 Primetime Emmys in order to announce the winner for Best Reality/Competition Series.

Of course, it couldn't just be the two characters listing off the nominees and then opening the envelope and shouting out the victor. Rather, we got yet another moment of the sci-fi brillance that Rick and Morty is known and loved for.

Popping out of one of Rick's green and swirling portals, Morty made a joke about how he and Rick know more about reality than anyone else, because they've been to more realities than anyone else. However, Rick gets serious and says that he's "going off prompter."

Bringing out a strange-looking winged creature, Rick states that we are looking at a living Emmy, "before its feet are mounted to a wooden base and its wrists bound to a weighted sphere that holds its body in a celebratory pose, while it's dipped into molten gold." Not only that, but the wild Emmy is also a herbivore, mates for life, and is capable of complex emotions.

Morty tries to steer the conversation back to the light-hearted nature of the night, but Rick gets the last word: "Everyone that takes one of these home is a monster." 

RuPaul's Drag Race ended up winning the category.

Rick and Morty laid claim to the award for Outstanding Animated Program at the Creative Emmys, thanks to the Season 3 episode "Pickle Rick."