Felicity Huffman has gone from acclaimed actress to a mere punchline at this year's Emmy Awards, due to her conviction over the college admissions scam.

In his voice-over commentary of the Emmys ceremony, comedian Thomas Lennon went after the former Desperate Housewives star, sending her a "special shout-out".

"The producers have asked me to give a special shout-out to our previous lead actress winners who are watching from prison," he said.

"Hopefully those two weeks are going to fly right by," he added. "Keep your chin up."

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Huffman will report to prison on October 25.

She won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Desperate Housewives in 2005 and has been nominated a number of other times.

The actress has made headlines recently for being one among dozens of high-profile parents ensnared in a bribery scandal over college admissions.

She pleaded guilty to bribing admitted college fixer William "Rick" Singer with $15,000 to boost her daughter Sophia's SAT scores.