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When Will Ferrell stepped out on the Emmy stage last night to present the evening’s final awards for best comedy and best drama series, he had a little help. From his three sons.
Clad in a T-shirts, shorts and sandals and with messy hair, the actor was accompanied by his grinning, giggling boys dressed adorably in typical kid weekend wear -- Magnus, 9, in his soccer jersey, Mattias, 6, in green socks and shorts and Axel, 3, wearing rubber boots and carrying his blankie.
"Unfortunately, Helen Mirren and Maggie Smith dropped out at the last second and they called me literally 45 minutes ago and I couldn't find childcare, okay?" Ferrell quipped. "We had a soccer game, there was a neighbor's birthday party, a nut allergy, I didn't have time to do my hair. It doesn't matter, it's great to be here."
It’s funny because it’s true.
Yep: My Saturday started with a neighbor kid’s birthday party, followed by three -- three! -- soccer games in a row. There was no nut allergy, but I totally didn’t have time to do my hair, either.
Naturally, Ferrell’s appearance with kids in tow was a gag, but what parent hasn’t had to show up somewhere with the kids when a sitter just couldn’t be wrangled? My kids have been dragged to the office (“Here’s money for the vending machine and a movie. Please try to be quiet.”); school parent/teacher conferences (“Here’s Mommy’s phone and some gum. Please try to be quiet.”); and the hair salon (“Here’s my iPad. Don’t fight over it. Please try to be quiet.”)
Apparently, celebrity parents use the same strategies.
“No, you cannot play Angry Birds right now, no,” Farrell said to his kids on stage. “Just share the tablet. Fine, take turns -- 30 second turns.”
And, yes, I laughed out loud when Ferrell said: "I asked you backstage if you had to go to the bathroom. So you're just gonna have to hold it. This is the Emmys. Don't blow this for me, all right, guys?"
With all that tow-headed cuteness? No chance.