By James Hibberd
Updated September 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT
Daily Show Wins

If an f-bomb falls in a forest and it gets bleeped, is it still offensive?

Jon Stewart said the profanity while taking a shot at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast Sunday night, but ABC’s censoring system silenced the word before it hit the air.

The Daily Show writer-host and his team just won the award for outstanding variety series for the 10th year in a row. Stewart was riffing on the idea of aliens finding a bunch of his Emmys after the Earth is destroyed. “They’ll find a box of these and they will find out just how predictable these f—-g things can be,” he said. Though the audio was dropped, home viewers could still figure out what he said.

In the Emmy press room, reporters were told Stewart was on his way back to take questions like other major category winners, then we were told he wasn’t coming back after all.

“I saw [Stewart] backstage and saw him throw his Emmy into the garbage — something to remember next year,” joked Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel.