September 19th, 2011
10:08 AM ET
"Glee's" Dot Marie Jones predicted that co-star Jane Lynch would kill it and the viewers seem to agree: Lynch, although she didn't win an Emmy, earned accolades from critics as the host of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.
The "Glee" star opened with a self-aware love song to TV, complete with a cameo from "Parks and Recreation" fan fave Ron Swanson and arguably one of the best segments of the opener, a little repartee with the "Mad Men" cast.
Lynch kept her lines tactful, but they still landed: After "Modern Family" kept picking up awards, she quipped, "Welcome back to the 'Modern Family' awards." Following a bit with Ricky Gervais, who was still riffing on his Golden Globes debacle from earlier this year, Lynch responded, "Oh poor little Ricky Gervais, someone didn't get enough hugs from Mommy and now it's Hollywood's fault."
Nonetheless, the paper found Lynch to be a "jovial host," delivering her lines "like a pro" and keeping the train moving, "generally managing to be amusing without getting in the way or wearing out her welcome."
The New York Times found her to be self-conscious at times. "Lynch occasionally stepped up in an appealing way....[But] A little like the show, she couldn't be calmed down and made more than one reference to being gay, which didn't seem that pertinent to the night."
But we'll have to agree with Salon that her line, "A lot of people are curious why I'm a lesbian. Ladies and gentleman, the cast of 'Entourage'" was the best of the night.
What did you think of Lynch's hosting job?
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