The 39-year-old comedian told People during the awards show that he was looking forward to being in Beyoncé’s presence at the Emmys. Rumors were swirling that the “Sorry” singer would be making an appearance at the show, so that would explain why John (and literally everyone) was disappointed when she didn’t.
The night wasn’t entirely devastating for John Oliver, though. Last Week Tonight won an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Series. While this is no Beyoncé, we hope that the shiny statue helped to alleviate John Oliver’s grief when he realized that the Queen wouldn’t be making an appearance.
Based on what he had to say about this particular win, it seems that the statue did indeed work a few wonders:
Beyoncé’s groundbreaking visual album, Lemonade, was nominated in the Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special category, although she lost the award to Grease: Live.
However – it goes without saying that, if the singer had shown up, she would’ve stolen the show even without the award win.