And why not? For the first time in 40 years, TV's stars were celebrating their business on a weeknight, not a Sunday night, and would therefore face the early part of rush-hour traffic. Usually, the brighter the star, the later that star's arrival. But this year, aiming for a fashionably late red-carpet arrival might have resulted in missing the carpet entirely, not to mention skipping the first part of the show.
"I think I might take the subway to the #Emmys," Kimmel posted at 1:41 p.m. Monday, following up around 3 p.m. with a picture of the two of them in formal attire, underground at the Red Line station at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Hollywood.
The red carpet, incidentally, opened at 2 p.m., so yeah, they were fashionably late from the get-go.
Kimmel put his Hollywood Hills home on the market for $2.229 million in mid-August, so maybe until that puppy sells, he's watching his commuting costs?
After transferring to the Blue Line, he posted a photo of them sitting in the train's multicolored seats, presumably bound for the Pico Boulevard stop near L.A. Live and the Emmys' Nokia Theatre venue. Dark windows suggested the pic was snapped while the train was traveling underground. Pico Station itself is above ground.
"Blue line to #Emmys #Mork," he wrote, giving a nod to the late Robin Williams as he flashed rainbow suspenders like Williams' character wore on "Mork and Mindy."
Next year we hope Kimmel and McNearney not only take the subway to the Emmys, but also bring Subway to the Emmys. Maybe with a few sandwiches, they could help out some of those poor actresses who are always on the red carpet talking about not having eaten all day.
Wait -- maybe those are the actresses on the Oscars red carpet? Alas, there are no subway rides to that shindig: All the Red Line stops close to the Academy Awards' Dolby Theatre venue are sealed tight for security reasons.