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But overall, to his credit, Mr. Kimmel kept the Emmycast focused squarely on the Emmys, resisting the urge as host to make the show about himself. His jokes weren’t standout, his comedy bits mostly felt pedestrian. But he got the job done in professional style.

And he seemed to have fun — especially when ousting his parents from the auditorium.

He had warmly introduced his mom and dad, telling viewers they had always been supportive of their son.

“They always told me I could do anything I set my mind to,” he said, “and this year I set my mind to winning the Emmy. And guess what? I didn’t.

“You told me I could, and I didn’t, and I’m devastated,” he said, addressing his parents. “You lied to me!”

With that, Mr. Kimmel summoned security to remove Mom and Dad.

Mr. Kimmel set up the night’s funniest filmed bit by musing on what “Breaking Bad” would have been like had it been on the air in a G-rated, pre-cable era.

The answer: a spoof of the opening to “The Andy Griffith Show,” with “Breaking Bad” stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, fully suited up to cook crystal meth, out at the lake with their fishing poles as the “Andy Griffith” whistling theme song was heard. As a punch line, they shot dead an unexpected witness: a friendly deputy billed as co-star Don Knotts.

And there was one final thing we learned: Don’t dismiss Mr. Kimmel’s skill at prophecy, even when it’s inadvertent.

In his monologue, he hailed “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, once again nominated for best actor.

“You gave a tremendous performance this year,” Mr. Kimmel said, “and I for one am shocked that you did not win tonight.”

As a star who has been jilted by Emmy year after year, Mr. Hamm cracked up, along with everyone else. Maybe by the end of the show he didn’t find it so funny.