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

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Candice Bergen Mocks Dan Quayle (1992)
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Candice Bergen Mocks Dan Quayle (1992)

Bergen took a swipe at Vice President Dan Quayle — and took a stand for single mothers — while accepting the award for Best Actress in a Comedy for Murphy Brown. Quayle famously criticized the show when the title character, played by Bergen, had a baby out of wedlock, and the actress responded by thanking the VP, the "cultural elite" and the show's writers for "spelling words correctly" (a jab at Quayle's "potatoe"fiasco). Years later, Bergen would call the much-maligned politician's comments "perfectly intelligent" and agreed with "fathers not being dispensable."

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