Emmys flashback: Donald Trump sings 'Green Acres' theme song while wearing overalls

Picture this: Donald Trump wearing a straw hat, overalls and catching a pitchfork while singing onstage in front of television's most elite talent. Now that the former "Apprentice" host is the president, it's hard to imagine this would ever happen -- but, indeed, it once did.

Back in 2005, with Ellen DeGeneres hosting the Emmy Awards, she held a competition during the live broadcast called "Emmy Idol," based on "American Idol," which was near its heyday that year, during which pairs of celebrities competed for a fake "Idol" title.

One of the pairings? Donald Trump and "Will & Grace" actress Megan Mullally.

 

 

The unlikely pair, who both had shows on NBC at the time, took the stage to perform the theme song from "Green Acres," to rousing laughter. Naturally, they went on to be crowned champs of "Emmy Idol."

12 years after their performance, Mullally reflected on the moment during an appearance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" last year.

"He really wanted to win because people were calling in to vote," Mullally said. "We won it. So the next day, I was in my 'Will & Grace' dressing room and the phone rang and it was Donald Trump. And he said, 'You know what? We really needed to win that thing and we did. And you were a big part of that, so I just wanted to say that we really needed to win it. Not only did we win it, but I hear we killed them. It was a landslide!'"

As it always is, apparently.

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Melania Knauss and Donald Trump during The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: Actress Cynthia Nixon accepts her award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Sex and the City' with Donald Trump (L) and TV Personality Simon Cowell on stage during the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 19, 2004 Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: Producers Mark Burnett and Donald Trump attend the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19, 2004 at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and fiancee Melania Knauss with Billy Bush (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: Donald Trump and TC Personality Simon Cowell present on stage during the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 19, 2004 Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: Producers Mark Burnett and Donald Trump attend the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19, 2004 at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: American game show host and real estate developer Donald Trump (left) and his fiance Melania Knauss attend the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19, 2004 at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Knauss is wearing a J. Mendel gown and carrying a J. Mendel handbag. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: Donald Trump attends the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19, 2004 at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 19: American game show host and real estate developer Donald Trump (left) and his fiance Melania Knauss attend the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 19, 2004 at the Shrine Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. Ms. Knauss is wearing a J. Mendel gown and carrying a J. Mendel handbag. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss during The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss during The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss during The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Donald Trump and his fiancee Melania Knauss at the arrivals of 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 19. Photo credit: ^^^ / Los Angeles Times (Photo by Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Donald Trump and fiancee Melania Knauss during The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Red Carpet at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Donald (L) and Melania Trump arrive at the 57th Annual Emmy Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on September 18, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Donald (L) and Melania Trump arrive at the 57th Annual Emmy Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on September 18, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Donald Trump (L) and Actress Megan Mullally perform the Green Acres Theme onstage at the 57th Annual Emmy Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on September 18, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Real estate mogul Donald Trump, from the nominated NBC reality show 'The Apprentice' and wife Melania Trump arrives at the 57th Annual Emmy Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on September 18, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Donald Trump and Melania Trump at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
Donald Trump and Melania Trump during The 57th Annual Emmy Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Melania Trump during 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals at The Shrine in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Melania Trump during 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Red Carpet at The Shrine in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Mathew Imaging/FilmMagic)
Melania Trump during The 57th Annual Emmy Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Melania Trump during The 57th Annual Emmy Awards - Arrivals at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
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