‘Thanks Bill!’ Hader is being hailed as the “Only One” to be masked at the 2022 Emmys

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 12: 74TH ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS - Pictured: (L-R) Bill Hader and Henry Winkler attend the 74th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2022.  – (Photo by Christopher Polk /NBC via Getty Images)

Bill Hader, left, and Henry Winkler attend the 74th annual Emmy Awards September 12 at the Microsoft Theater. (Christopher Polk / NBC)

The stars were out and the masks off at the 74th Emmy Awards on Sunday.

Well, not every mask: Bill Hader wore a black mask during the ceremony.

The creator and star of “Barry,” who has had 14 nominations, kept his mask on, even when competitor and former “Saturday Night Live” collaborator Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”) stopped by to give him a hug after he was the lead man won in a comedy.

And the internet took notice and showered him with respect for his choice and in some cases thanks.

“Bill Hader is the only one in this damn building wearing a mask, my safe KING.” @chermusings tweeted.


Hader likely stayed on the safe side because of his autoimmune condition, which he discussed in a March interview with the Hollywood Reporter. Hader reportedly rarely left home from March 2020 until spring 2021, when he was fully vaccinated. Although masking on the lot was optional during filming of Season 3 of “Barry,” he chose to wear his N95 mask off-screen.

“I thought, ‘If I get COVID, it’s going to cost a lot of money,'” he said of his churning anxiety in the article. “And so I was very, very strict.”

He seems to be sticking to that philosophy at this year’s Emmys.

“The largely personal ceremony felt less constrained by the pandemic backdrop than it has in the past two years,” wrote The Times’ Yvonne Villarreal in her Emmys summary.

At last year’s ceremony, presenter Seth Rogen jokingly pointed out that the event seemed less COVID-friendly than it first appeared.

“Let me start by saying: there are far too many of us in this small space. They said it was outside – it’s not! They lied to us,” Rogen said. “We are in a hermetically sealed tent right now. … I wouldn’t have thought of that. Why is there a roof? It’s more important that we have three chandeliers than making sure we don’t kill Eugene Levy tonight. That’s decided.”

Hader’s mask was so noticeable during the ceremony that viewers took to Twitter to discuss it.

Lead Entertainment Writer at The Times Amy Kaufman tweeted“Respects to Bill Hader for blatantly wearing masks at a high profile event.”

@AshleyySpencer wrote, “Bill Hader (sitting next to 76-year-old Henry Winkler) is practically the only person in the Emmys crowd to wear a mask.”

Many commentators refer to being the lone mask wearer surrounded by maskless ones.

“You’re not alone when you mask alone” @JuliaRaifman tweeted. “You masquerade alone next to Bill Hader.”

@BernieDogs4 chimed in, writing: “Bill Hader is the only celebrity to wear a mask in a room full of heavy peer pressure. Let this example help you the next time you’re feeling like a maniac. crazy is good.”

“Bill Hader as the only person wearing a mask #Emmy2022 is super relatable,” he commented @BonMotVivant.

Members of the disabled community also cheered on Hader. According to the CDC, “Some people with disabilities may be more likely to become infected or develop a serious illness because of underlying medical conditions, living environments, or systemic health and social inequalities.”

@writersdelite tweeted: “Bill Hader was the ONLY ONE wearing a mask.

The handle @COVID_isnotovera Toronto-based group that describes itself as “disabled people and people who still care about COVID [who] left behind and forced to fend for themselves,” wrote: “Bill Hader wears a mask at today’s Emmy ceremony! Thank you Bill!”

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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