Jane Lynch, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel help Neil Patrick Harris host the Emmys

Former award hosts tried to hijack the show -- all according to Kevin Spacey's plan VIDEO

Topics: Video, emmys 2013, Emmy Awards, Neil Patrick Harris, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, jane lynch, Jimmy Kimmel, kevin spacey,

Jane Lynch, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel help Neil Patrick Harris host the Emmys (Credit: Vince Bucci/invision/ap)

Neil Patrick Harris returned to host the Emmy Awards for a second time on Sunday night, only to be upstaged by former Emmy hosts Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Jane Lynch and Conan O’Brien during the opening monologue.

Waiting just long enough to let Harris get in an awkward Paula Deen joke (“For every Walter White there’s an ‘Orange is the New Black.’ Or as Paula Deen now has to call it, ‘Orange is the New African-American’”), Kimmel, last year’s host, then interrupted/saved him.

“Take it in, because there’s a good chance they won’t ask you back next year,” Kimmel said.

The fierce Jane Lynch then walked on stage, resentful that she didn’t get asked back to host because she’s a woman.

“Jane, come on. I don’t think anyone who watched you that night thought of you as a woman,” Harris joked.

O’Brien and Fallon came on stage and chaos ensued — all according to the conniving plan of “House of Cards” character Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), it seems.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an awards show without commentary from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who chimed in at the end with some advice of their own [insert obligatory cringe-inducing twerking reference here].

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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