'Last Week Tonight' John Oliver Wins in Emmys 2016 for Outstanding Variety; Host Searches for Beyonce, Talks Donald Trump
Even as he walked away with the Emmy for outstanding variety talk series, John Oliver admitted his mind was fixated on just one thing.
Mind on Beyonce
"I thought Beyoncé was going to be here," said the "Last Week Tonight" host. "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."
Amazingly, Oliver spent most of the night steering clear of the one other subject that has seemed to consume his every waking moment over the last several months. That is, until inquiring minds pressed him on the issue.
"Donald Trump, go!" one reporter yelled, prompting a "Donald Trump go? Sure, I'll agree with that," quip from the quick-witted host.
While Oliver conceded that his British roots prevent him from actually being able to cast a ballot in November's presidential election, he hinted he plans to stay as involved in the process as he's legally allowed to be.
Oliver Talks Trump
"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," he added.
Earlier this summer, Oliver castigated Trump as an "imploding star" and urged him to end his Republican run for the good of all mankind.
"It seems that you have two really bad options here," Oliver told Trump. "If you keep going, you're going to spend the next 11 weeks ramping up hatred in speeches, injecting poison into the American bloodstream that will take generations to remove, and denying the country the contest of ideas that the presidential campaign should actually be."
With that, he insisted Trump's only real choice was to simply walk away.
"Tell America this entire candidacy was a stunt," he said. "A satire designed to expose the flaws in the system."