Although the 2017 Emmy Awards had barely begun, all it really took was a few trophies to be handed out before Twitter started to debate about announcer Jermaine Fowler’s performance.
The CBS “Superior Donuts” did all of the voice over work for Sunday evening’s show from a D.J. booth setup backstage, a stark contrast from how prior shows handled the P.A. duties. Some on social media dug the night’s fresh take, while others were straight-up annoyed by Fowler’s approach.
The stand-up comedian started the special with arguably a bit too much volume, to say the least. Since those early announcements, however, he toned it down a bit. Perhaps a producer had something to do with that.
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Either way, here are a few folks who may have watched the rest of the 69th annual Emmy Awards on “mute”:
Not really sure what Jermaine Fowler is trying to give us with this Emmys announcing but I need about 60% less. pic.twitter.com/sD5LcU2rXR
— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) September 18, 2017
I feel good for Donald Glover but bad for Jermaine Fowler who is not going to know how his Emmy announcing went until it's too late.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) September 18, 2017
Who ever thought Jermaine Fowler would be good at announcing this needs to rethink their career. #Emmys
— Justin (@justin_kanowicz) September 18, 2017
Unfortunately, Jermaine Fowler will be there all night. Nails. Chalkboard. #Emmys
— Mark Diver (@markdiver65) September 18, 2017
#JermaineFowler is legit terrible as the announcer on the #Emmys.#EMMY2017 #Emmy #EmmyAwards2017 #EmmysLive #EmmyAwards
— The Only Living Boy in NZ (@damilstephens) September 18, 2017
#JermaineFowler play it straight! No need to shout! You’re killing the #EmmyAwards !
— EFREN!!! (THE GAME EVENT) (@EfrenBlackjack) September 18, 2017
Curious about the decision to hire #JermaineFowler as #Emmys announcer. It's so…jarring?
— Mykah J. Murphy (@mykah_june) September 18, 2017
#Emmys #TranslateMC Jermaine Fowler, it's not your kind of gig.
— M Denise Tolliver (@mdtolliver) September 18, 2017
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And others who were all-in on Fowler’s performance:
hey @jermaineFOWLER is killing it it #Emmys2017
— Heidi "Abortion Pills Forever" Vanderlee (@heidivanderlee) September 18, 2017
He's putting in a rock solid performance tonight.
— The Panic (@Gunntwitt) September 18, 2017
.@jermaineFOWLER's excitement while announcing Donald Glover's win for best director was all of us #EMMY2017
— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) September 18, 2017
Jermaine Fowler is definitely way more excited about the black announcers and tbh same, he is speaking for The People #Emmys
— a.b. (@AlannaBennett) September 18, 2017
Can we talk about Jermaine Fowler as the announcer? He is amazing and my everything! #Emmys
— Thora Whitmore (@thora_ww) September 18, 2017
I am OBSESSED with this Emmys announcer. Jermaine Fowler. Can we be friends? #emmys #etalkemmys
— Elaine L. (@LaineyGossip) September 18, 2017
I am so here for this announcer. #JermaineFowler can announce everything in my life. #EmmyAwards2017
— Rachel 🔮 Rushing (@rachelinlife) September 18, 2017
All these people are hating on #Emmys announcer @jermaineFOWLER but I love him, he is crushing it, he is my heart, he loves tv like i do
— Callie Freitag (@callie_freitag) September 18, 2017