Anthony Anderson's Mom Doris Hancox Hilariously Scolds Him During Emmys 2023 Monologue

Emmys 2023 host Anthony Anderson kicked off the Jan. 18 ceremony with an opening monologue that didn't sit quite right with his mom Doris Hancox, prompting the matriarch to heckle him from the crowd.

By Gabrielle Chung Jan 16, 2024 1:36 AMTags
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The 2023 Emmys started off with a bang.

Host Anthony Anderson took the stage at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles at the start of the Jan. 15 award ceremony, poking fun of his childhood crushes on The Facts of Life characters as part of his opening speech. However, it was the comedian's mom Doris Hancox who stole the show, standing up from the crowd to heckle Anthony to "hurry up" with his monologue. (Click here to see all the celebrity red carpet arrivals.)

"Shut up!" she told the Black-ish star. "I wanna go to the after-parties."

And when Anthony pointed out how she was supposed to serve as the Emmys' "play-off mama"—helping tell winners to "wrap it up" when their acceptance speeches go over the allotted time—Doris had the most mom reaction.

"Time's up, baby," she hilariously snarked. "Wrap it up."

Though this was Anderson's first time emceeing the star-studded affair, he's no stranger to TV's biggest night. After all, the comedian has 11 Emmy nominations under his belt, including seven Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series nods for his portrayal of Andre "Dre" Johnson in Black-ish. (Click here to see this year's list of nominees.)

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"Well, since I'm 0 for 11 in the win/loss category of the Emmys, I figured why not host the award that I covet the most and is missing from my shelf," he joked to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month. "My monologue will be all 11 speeches I had prepared over the years."


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Explaining how opening monologues are typically about "taking jabs at your friends, taking jabs at other actors and television shows," the Law & Order alum continued, "That's what makes it fun for the people who are sitting at home watching this and who may be thinking the same thing. 'Does Jason Sudeikis need another f--king Emmy over me in Black-ish?'"

Describing himself as a "habitual line-crosser," Anderson added, "I didn't get this far in my career and achieve what I've achieved by playing it safe."

For more star sightings at the Emmys, keep reading.

Suki Waterhouse

in Valentino and Tiffany 7 Co. jewelry. 

Jessica Chastain

in custom Gucci & Reza jewelry.

Jeremy Allen White

in custom Giorgio Armani and a Vacheron Constantin watch.

Taraji P. Henson

in custom Atelier Versace, Alexandre Birman shoes and Simon G jewelry.

Selena Gomez

in Oscar de la Renta and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Camila Morrone

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James Marsden

FIJI Water kept stars hydrated with the company's iconic bottles.

Meghann Fahy

in custom Armani Privé & Bulgari jewelry.

Evan Peters

in Dior Men.

Bella Ramsey

in Prada.

James Marsden

in Canali. 

Bill Hader

in Dior Men.

Abby Elliott

in Alexander McQueen.

Jason Sudekis

Priscilla Presley

Jessica Williams

in custom Rodarte.

Kathryn Hahn

in Christian Dior.

Calista Flockhart

in Armani Privé.

Leo Woodall

Lauren Ambrose

Mychal Bella Bowman

Zawe Ashton

Tracee Ellis Ross

in Sportmax and Pomellato jewelry.

Natasha Lyonne

in Schiaparelli.

Kaitlin Olson

in Monse.

Lizzy Caplan

in vintage Yohji Yamamoto and Fred Leighton jewelry.

Kumail Nanjiani

in Brunello Cucinelli and IWC Schaffhausen watch.

J. Smith-Cameron

in Christian Siriano.

Ellen Pompeo

in Monique Lhuillier and REZA jewelry.

Christina Ricci

in Saint Laurent.

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