John Oliver Rubs Emmy in Kimmel’s Face
Jimmy Kimmel may have hosted the Emmy Awards on Sunday, but it was John Oliver who inherited the crown as late-nights newest king.For the first time in more than a decade, neither Jon Stewart nor Stephen Colbert were on the list of nominees for Outstanding Variety Series. Stewart wasnt eligible because he left The Daily Show in 2015, winning the award 10 straight years before passing the baton to The Colbert Report. With so much late-night competition, Colberts inconsistent first year on Late Show just didnt make the cut.Those vacancies left the lane wide open for Oliver, who received his first nomination and first win for HBOs Last Week Tonight, beating out other newcomers to the category such as the instantly-successful James Corden along with previous nominees like Bill Maher, Jimmy Fallon and Kimmel.Following Kimmels loss on Sunday, his longtime nemesis Matt Damon emerged from the wings to heckle him. This is so humiliating, Damon said, casually munching on an apple. You lost and now you have to stand out here in front of everybody, when you probably just want to curl up and cry.Monday night, it was Olivers turn to gloat about his victory to Kimmels face. And he brought his Emmy with him. Congratulations, Kimmel told him, It pains me to say it, but you definitely deserve it. Oliver returned the favor, saying Kimmel does an excellent job as well. Im just so happy to be nominated with so many other great shows, thats the honor, Oliver added, before Kimmel revealed he was reading from cue cards.After a hug and a break, Oliver admitted that he didnt think he would win the Emmy because Im British, I anticipate disaster every day. He even practiced his What the fuck was that?! face assuming he would lose.When Kimmel noted that its somewhat embarrassing that Americans needed someone like the Last Week Tonight host to come over here and teach us about things like the health care system, Oliver said, Its less than ideal.As for what Brits think about his Emmy win, Oliver told Kimmel, No one knows who I am there. Unlike James Corden, who had a successful career in England, Oliver said, I failed my way to America.