By Oliver Gettell
September 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Comedy Central’s satirical news program The Daily Show has won the Emmy for writing in a variety series.

Host Jon Stewart, who exited the series in August after hosting since 1999, stood bouncing with his writing team as former head writer Elliott Kalan accepted the award. Stewart later took the mic and thanked his staff when The Daily Show returned to the stage as winner of the Emmy for outstanding variety talk series. “These people, I love desperately. I will never work with a group of people like this. I will never have an experience like this again,” said Stewart.

“To everybody on television,” he advised, “I just want to tell you cling to it as long as you can, like death, like in Titanic.”

The Daily Show beat out fellow news-media deconstructors Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Colbert Report and the sketch shows Key & Peele and Inside Amy Schumer.

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The Daily Show earned a total of four Emmy nominations this year, including Creative Arts Emmys.

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