Donald Trump Insists the Emmys Are Rigged, Television Academy Responds

Wrong! Donald Trump continues to claim that the Emmys are rigged, because The Celebrity Apprentice never took home a win. The unlikely topic was brought up by Hillary Clinton as the two battled it out during the final presidential debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday, October 19.

"When he gets sued for fraud and racketeering, he claims the court system and federal judge is against him," Clinton, 68, said at the University of Nevada. "There was even a time when he didn't get an Emmy for his TV program three years in a row, and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged."

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during the final presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on October 19, 2016. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Trump, 70, didn't argue. Instead, he nodded and interjected: "Should have gotten it."

Attendees laughed when he interrupted, but Clinton remained serious. "This is a mind-set. This is how Donald thinks," she said. "And it's funny, but it's also really troubling. That is not the way our democracy works."

The Republican nominee bashed the Emmys in 2012, 2013 and 2014. "Amazing Race winning an Emmy again is a total joke. The Emmys have no credibility — no wonder the ratings are at record lows," he tweeted in 2012. "The Emmys are all politics, that's why, despite nominations, The Apprentice never won — even though it should have many times over."

He added the following year: "According to many, and while nominated, I would have won the Emmy many times except for my politics. @PrimetimeEmmys."

Donald and Melania Trump
Donald and Melania Trump arrive at the 57th Annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 18, 2005. J. Vespa/

After years of silence, the Television Academy finally responded to Trump during the debate on Wednesday. "Rest assured, the #Emmys are not rigged," the show's official Twitter account posted.

Trump hosted the NBC reality series from 2004 to 2015. Last year, NBC cut him from the show after he made controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants during the early stages of his campaign.

Watch top moments from the debate in the video above.

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