Though Donald Trump was a common target at the 2016 Emmys on Sunday night, there was surprisingly one late night host who avoided talking about the Republican presidential candidate: John Oliver.
Following his win for outstanding variety talk series for Last Week Tonight, the press immediately pushed Oliver for comment backstage. “Donald Trump, go!” one reporter yelled out. “Donald Trump go? Sure, I’ll agree with that,” Oliver quipped.
Pressed again for what he will do if Trump wins, Oliver conceded that he can’t actually vote in America, so he’s “not really involved with this,” he said. “I do get to comment because that’s my freedom of speech, so I’m sure I’ll comment at length over the next two months as we dance on the edge of a volcano.”
When asked directly if he feels responsible for Trump’s meteoric political rise since the media has contributed to Trump’s success, Oliver responded, “The short answer to that is, ‘No’, and the long answer is, ‘No, of course I f—ing don’t.’”
Moving on from the topic of Trump, Oliver shared his disappointment with Emmys night, despite his big win. “I thought Beyoncé was going to be here,” he said. “I saw a seating chart and I was supposed to be sitting two [rows] behind her. All I’ve really been thinking about for the past 48 hours is I’m going to be able to look at Beyoncé’s head for four hours, and she hasn’t turned up, so this is nice, but this evening generally has a sense of loss. I was going to just stare at the back of her head and experience happiness in a form that I probably haven’t felt before.”