John Oliver won an outstanding variety series Emmy for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver on Sunday. But his night was pretty empty.
That's because Beyoncé didn't show up.
"I saw the seating chart, and I was supposed to be sitting two rows behind her," Oliver said backstage. "All I have been thinking about for the last 48 hours is that I will be looking at Beyoncé's head for four hours. But she hasn't turned up."
The British comedian was crestfallen.
"This is nice," said Oliver, holding the Emmy in his hand. "But the evening generally has a sense of loss. I was just going to stare at the back of her head and experience happiness in a form I probably haven't felt before."
In all seriousness, Oliver said the win was "pretty weird. Because I'm British, I don't anticipate success at any point."
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Oliver also pointed out that there were no Emmy cameras on him as his name was about to be announced. "So I was not prepared, emotionally or physically. But I am glad we did win."
He said the win was important for his "tenacious" staff on the HBO program, which takes deep dives into serious subject matters.
"It's hard, we work really hard. It can be a torturous process," said Oliver. "When it goes well, it's really satisfying."
He was asked if he feels responsible for the success of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
"The short answer is no," Oliver said. "The long answer is, of course I (expletive) don't."