Emmys Hogs: The Most Over-Rewarded Stars and Shows

These actors and series may have earned their awards, but did they deserve to walk away with that much gold?

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'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'

It's hard to believe now, but in 1995, Emmy voters deemed Jay Leno to be funnier than David Letterman, Bill Maher and Dennis Miller. Following the (first) Tonight Show power struggle, The Late Show With David Letterman scored the Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series in 1994 — but a year later, Leno somehow won in the same category, beating out Letterman, Politically Incorrect, Dennis Miller Live (this was mid-Nineties, hence pre-neocon Miller) and MTV Unplugged. Still, one Primetime Emmy for Leno is one Primetime Emmy too many, and Emmy voters never repeated the mistake as Letterman and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart shared 15 straight Emmy wins in the category until The Colbert Report broke the streak last year.

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