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The 72nd Emmy Awards were defined by Black excellence. In addition to historic individual victories for “Watchmen” actress Regina King and “Euphoria” star Zendaya, several of 2020’s Black winners collectively broke the record for the most acting Emmys won in major categories by Black performers in a single year.

Sunday night’s champions included Uzo Aduba, who won supporting actress in a limited series for her portrayal of trailblazing politician Shirley Chisholm in “Mrs. America”; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who won supporting actor in a limited series for his performance as the omniscient Doctor Manhattan in “Watchmen”; Eddie Murphy, who won guest actor in a comedy series for hosting “Saturday Night Live”; and Maya Rudolph, who won guest actress in a comedy series for portraying vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on “Saturday Night Live.”

The HBO series “Succession” won best television drama series for its second season. It was the fourth Emmy of the night for the series, which was the night’s big winner in the drama categories. It also won the best actor trophy for Jeremy Strong along with best writing and best directing.

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TV host Ellen DeGeneres made good on her promise Monday to talk about the misconduct allegations that dogged her show over this “horrible summer” and also explained her “tricky position” of being called “the ‘be kind’ lady.”

In the monologue for her Season 18 opener, the embattled comedian returned to her Burbank, Calif., studio and welcomed her virtual audience to what she hoped would be “the best season that we have ever had” — a chapter that she began with an apology.

“ I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously, and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected,” DeGeneres said , during the Monday taping of the syndicated show.

“We have made the necessary changes,” she added, “and today we are starting a new chapter.”

— From wire reports

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