Jason Bateman Appears as Lone Live Human Among Celebrity Cardboard Cutouts at 2020 Emmys

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Jason Bateman is the lone human amongst the 2020 Emmys cardboard cutout audience.

Host Jimmy Kimmel's opening monologue began by showing video clips from crowds in years past before it revealed a completely empty Staples Center arena except for Bateman. The video camera panned to a section filled with cardboard cutouts before it landed on Bateman.

"Instead of a live audience, we took a page from baseball and filled the seats with cardboard cutouts of the nominees," Kimmel told the camera. "We have Regina, Meryl—wait a minute. Go back one. Jason? Jason? I know it's you. I saw your eyes moving."

The Ozark star attempted to play it cool by continuing to be motionless. "Mind your business, Kimmel," he exclaimed. "Big night for me."

"I haven't left the house for six months," the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series nominee added.  "I want to be here, I want to eat shrimp with the cast of The Crown. I want Mario Lopez to ask me about my pants. Let's go."

Kimmel agreed that he could stay if he laughed at his jokes, Bateman decided to call a car.

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