HOLLYWOOD - Metro contract performer Ron Jeremy was "the man of the hour" at this year's Emmy Awards Governor's Ball, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Reporting from the exclusive after-party, the Times' Richard Rushfield noted that Jeremy's presence stopped traffic in the throng of Hollywood celebrities. From 'Sopranos' star James Gandolfini to Tom Selleck and Mark Wahlberg, all hailed the king of porn.
"You may talk of your Gandolfini, tell tales of Keifer Sutherland, of Neil Patrick Harris, but on the floor of the Emmy Governors Ball one man walks like a titan above the pygmies," Rushfield wrote. "Mr. Ron Jeremy has graced the academy with his presence, and all will pay homage."
"You're the greatest," Selleck told Jeremy.
"No, you're the greatest," Ron graciously replied.
Jeremy also ran into actress Ali Larter, with whom he recently co-starred in National Lampoon's Homo Erectus. (According to Ron, the movie was originally filmed as a PG-rated project, but director Adam Rifkin later rounded up a dozen porn stars for a topless cave sequence.)
"I think the greatest thrill on the red carpet was when James Gandolfini gave me a hug and introduced me to his friends and family," Jeremy told AVN."A bunch of cameras caught it, so you'll probably see it on YouTube."
Ron's other recent mainstream appearances include the Comedy Central roast for Flavor Flav, where Jimmy Kimmel and other comedians seized the opportunity for Ron Jeremy jokes ("Ron, get your cock off the stage...I almost tripped on it.")
The full L.A. Times article can be found here.