Emmys 2019: Everyone Wants Maya Rudolph as an Awards Host After Another Hilarious Presenting Bit

Maya Rudolph and Ike Barinholtz onstage during the 71st Emmy Awards
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The Emmys went without a host this year -- but seemingly set up Maya Rudolph to emcee the next awards show. 

The Saturday Night Live alum stole the show on Sunday night as she and Ike Barinholtz presented the award for lead actor in a comedy series. The pair did a hilarious bit acting as if they'd just had LASIK eye surgery and couldn't pronounce the category's nominees: Black-ish's Anthony Anderson, Black Monday's Don Cheadle, The Kominsky Method's Michael Douglas, Schitt's Creek's Eugene Levy, Barry's Bill Hader and The Good Place's Ted Danson. 

The two had trouble pronouncing each actor's name, except for Danson's, but it was Hader who took home the award. The honor was well-deserved, but fans couldn't help but celebrate Rudolph, who also had viewers laughing while presenting with Tiffany Haddish at the 2018 Oscars, for delivering "comedy gold." 

The idea of Rudolph hosting the Golden Globes isn't that far-fetched. After all, that's how Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg got the gig last year. After stealing the show when they presented together at the 2018 Emmys, social media support for the two went through the roof, and NBC eventually asked them to host the Globes a few months later. However, when ET spoke with the pair ahead of their headlining turn in January, they joked that their Emmys moment had nothing to do with the gig.

"The Emmys is not an audition for the Golden Globes," Oh said with a laugh. "The Emmys is a fantastic show in and of itself, and we were there for that, and it just so happened people could see our chemistry -- which is terrible." 

However, Samberg disagreed about the pair's on-stage audition. "I was hoping when we walked out there we would get this gig," he said as Oh burst out laughing. "But I'm, like, climby. Always trying to leverage into the next thing. I'm kind of thirsty AF."

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