It all began when “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” took home the award for Best Variety Talk Series, beating out “Conan Without Borders.” During the acceptance speech, John Oliver began by saying, “I think, like many of us in this room, I was kinda rooting for Conan, so this is bittersweet.” It sounds like a lot of people were hoping for Conan to get an Emmy the year that he ended his TBS talk show, even though it was his spin-off series that got the nomination. Oliver went on to acknowledge the legacy that Conan has left behind on late night television:
“Thank you so much, Conan, for 30 years of inspiring comedy writers. A ridiculous number. You’re the best.”
During the speech, the camera cut to Conan O’Brien, who clasped his hands and shook them about in a celebration of victory before he realized the sadness of his situation and sat down. Thankfully, he was consoled by someone else who handed him an Emmy that was won earlier in the night. But that was just the beginning of Conan’s shenanigans.