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HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver won the Emmy for best variety talk series on Sunday night.
The show beat out Crackle’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, CBS’ The Late Late Show With James Corden, HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher and NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The late-night host thanked the Last Week staff and Jon Stewart “for everything” at the podium before encouraging the music to cue the end of his speech. “Please play me off, I’ve never had the chance to do this before,” Oliver joked.
Backstage, he was hounded with questions about Donald Trump and the role the press has in covering the election. When asked about what he’s going to do if the former Apprentice host becomes president, Oliver made it clear he’d rather talk about his Emmy win.
“What am I personally going to do about it? Well, I can’t vote. I’m on a green card. I’m experiencing taxation without representation, so I’m not really involved in this. I’m sure I’ll have more comments later on as we dance on the lips of a volcano,” he said, later joking: “And yes, it is an honor to win. Thank you for asking.”
Oliver said that he was disappointed that Beyonce, who he was supposed to be seated two rows behind, never showed. “I thought, ‘I’m going to be able to look at Beyonce’s head for two hours.’ So this is nice, but this evening has a sense of loss to it,” he said to laughs in the press room. “Probably wise for ‘Yonce to give this evening a pass.”
Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, airing live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
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