Jimmy Kimmel enlisted the help of his mother, Joan Iacono, and the cast of “Stranger Things” to quell the hunger of starving celebrities during the 2016 Emmy Awards, held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday.
While the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host announced presenters and created controversy, his mother was hard at work backstage prepping previsions for thousands of attendees. Kimmel revealed that he had tasked her with making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — more than 7,000 to be exact. He then sent Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo and an army of other helpers in to distribute them. The “Stranger Things” kids did so on their bikes, equipped with large baskets, while others strolled the aisles on foot. “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Spacey and more were seen chowing down in their seats and backstage.
The stars will need all the fuel they can get to get through the three hour show, during which a number of series’ were up for more than one award. “Game of Thrones,” “Veep,” “Transparent” and “American Crime Story” were among the most buzzed about shows, racking up numerous nominations each. At the time this article was published, only “Veep,” “Transparent” and “American Crime” had received Emmys. Regina King took home best supporting actress in a limited series or movie for her role on “American Crime” while Jill Soloway and Jeffrey Tambor were selected as the winners in best director in a comedy series and lead actor in a comedy series respectively for “Transparent.”