HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has just won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series. The award was won last year and every year from 2003 to 2012 by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but Stewart’s Daily Show successor Trevor Noah was not nominated this year.
This award is an affirmation of the bandied-about claim that Oliver has taken over Stewart’s role as late night’s sharpest dissenting voice in the last year. That said, Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal wasn’t nominated for this year’s ceremony, but it was seen as a huge snub and likely won’t happen again. The competition will be much stiffer in 2017, as Bee (another Daily Show alum) has gotten rave reviews for being even more biting than anything we’ve ever seen from Oliver or Stewart. She recently invited anyone who’s voting for Jill Stein to address their ballots to her “snatch,” for example!
Oliver accepted this award thanking Stewart for giving him his start and asking “please play me off, I’ve never had to do this before.”