Late-Night Hosts Congratulate Themselves on Emmy Nominations

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Amid discussions of the 2020 Democratic candidates and "The Squad," late-night hosts took a few minutes to talk Emmy nominations on Tuesday night. 

On Tuesday morning, the Television Academy's announcement revealed that Game of Thrones took the lead of all shows in number of nominations, with 32 under its belt, while, network-wise, HBO reigned supreme with 137 nods, followed by Netflix (117) and NBC (58).

Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, TBS' Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, CBS' The Late Late Show With James Corden and CBS' The Late Show With Stephen Colbert were all nominated in the variety talk show category.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Kimmel said of the show's nomination, "It was a big day today in Hollywood. You know the Emmy nominations were announced this morning. And I’m proud to report that our show and Game of Thrones received a combined 33 Emmy nods. Now, 32 were for them."

Kimmel additionally took a few shots at R. Kelly and HBO's Chernobyl in his opening monologue. "The best acting I saw this year, which did not get nominated, was R. Kelly in that interview with Gayle King. That to me was the number one performance," he joked, before saying that Chernobyl "tells the true story of how a nuclear disaster caused a whole village of Russians to have British accents for many years to come."

When opening his Tuesday night show, Stephen Colbert was quick to congratulate the staff and crew of The Late Show after learning they received four nominations. "This morning we received four Emmy nominations! It's a new record," the late-night host said. He then went on to quip about what would happen if they won an Emmy. "Of course the real Emmy is the friends we made along the way. Unless we win, then you don't need friends because you got an Emmy." Colbert then quipped, "You know who's not making any friends lately? Donald Trump ..." He then launched into an impression of the president and talked about how the House condemned him for making racial comments toward Democratic congresswomen. 

Meanwhile, Trevor Noah on The Daily Show expressed his gratitude for being included in the variety talk category. "The Daily Show is nominated," he exclaimed. "Thank you. We truly could not have done it without you guys. Thank you for supporting this. I never take this for granted." He also mentioned the 32 Emmy nods that Game of Thrones received, throwing in a joke: "We should have the Game of Thrones people attend the awards, and then give best drama to Sesame Street."

Comedy Central tweeted a clip of Noah at his desk surrounded by colored balloons. The caption read "Let's party!," followed by a message of congratulations to the show. 

Full Frontal, which was not on Tuesday night, celebrated the nomination by tweeting a picture of the staff with bottles of wine: "Thank you Academy voters! It’s an honor just to be nominated but you know what would look even better than wine bottles in our hands? An Emmy! #SamanthaBee."