There was perhaps no better moment in capturing the wildly divergent career paths taken by former Mickey Mouse Club co-stars and lovers Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears than this weekend, when Timberlake not only swept the same MTV trophy ceremony on which Spears hammered the last press-on nail into her comeback coffin, but also managed to score an Emmy award for a boner-joke parody song done as a lark for a Saturday Night Live guest-hosting stint:
"I think it's safe to say that when we first set out to make this song, we were all thinking 'Emmy!'" Samberg said in accepting the award Saturday for best original music and lyrics.
"The other thing we were thinking was, 'Hey! Here's this young up and comer, Justin Timberlake, who is clearly very talented and could clearly use a break,'" Samberg said. "So, Justin, if you're out there, congrats to you, kid.'"
Samberg, of course, was speaking with tongue firmly planted in cheek, as Timberlake's meteoric rise from boy band member to full-fledged pop king was all but cemented this year with the release of another single in which he sang of "bringing sexy back"—a catchy companion piece to Box that wisely suggested that even with the most carefully chosen and personal of Christmas presents, it's always best to include a gift receipt.