Public Meltdowns and Profane Dames: 20 Off-the-Hook Emmy Moments

The unforgettable highs, lows and straight-up WTF occurrences that have happened on the TV awards show's broadcasts

Lucille Ball Forgets Her Glasses (1975)
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Lucille Ball Forgets Her Glasses (1975)

The original Queen of Comedy unleashed some of her signature slapstick at the 1975 telecast when she couldn't read the winner of outstanding comedy series — because she had forgotten her glasses. After mixing up the envelopes and emphatically announcing she was "really in trouble," Milton Berle jumped onstage to offer assistance via an empty wine glass for the then-63-year-old I Love Lucy star to look through. Finally, somebody coughed up a pair of lenses and The Mary Tyler Moore Show was declared the winner – the first of 29 trophies during its time on the air. (Ball herself was a five-time winner.) Still, one question lingers: Was the pandemonium planned, or a real-life faux pas?

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