The Daily Show With Jon Stewart has won Outstanding Variety Series at the Emmys for 10 consecutive years, but the streak was broken Sunday night by a very personal foe: The Colbert Report. And, in the Emmy press room, Stephen Colbert had a tongue-in-cheek explanation for why his show triumphed this time.
“I’m grateful Jon took the summer off during the voting period,” he said of Stewart’s hiatus to film a movie this summer. “Not that John Oliver didn’t do the greatest job ever, but maybe that helped.”
In all seriousness, Colbert spoke earnestly about his time working with Stewart on The Daily Show and how Jon has influenced his career. “He invited us to have a passion and an opinion about what we were writing,” Colbert said. “And he wanted to make sure we had our own thoughts behind what we were saying. And it was from him that I actually learned how to write satirical comedy, which I had never really been a fan of. And he’s still there for me. I can call him anytime, to ask for ideas, to ask for moral support, or ask for the energy to keep doing 160 shows a year. And I’m the luckiest man in the world that he’s my lead-in and he’s the guy I can turn to for advice and for strength.”
And, as Colbert pointed out, Stewart didn’t go home empty-handed Sunday: “Jon Stewart’s streak is not broken. He’s an executive producer of our show, so he won tonight.”