The writing team for “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. However, their acceptance speech targeting Adam Driver is what still has people talking.
There is no doubt that Adam Driver has become somewhat of a sex symbol over the past few years. Nonetheless, the writing team for “Last Week Tonight” never lets us forget in the most comical ways possible.
For several months, the “Star Wars” actor has been the butt of numerous bizarre jokes on the comedy show. Now, the show has taken the obsession a step further by calling the actor out at the Emmy Awards.
John Oliver poses in the press room with fellow writers during the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, September 2021 | Source: Getty Images
“Last Week Tonight” won its sixth Emmy in a row for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series this weekend, which many viewers predicted. What they did not predict was the teamdedicating
the award to Adam Driver.
However, fans of the show who witnessed the running gag of Oliver making several strange references to Driver may have an idea of what was happening. The HBO late-night show has had an obsession with the actor since last year.
Every so often, Oliver would make a random surreal reference to Driver during his monologues. Some of the most outrageous things he has said include requesting the actor to sneeze in his McFlurry and pull his heart out through his ear.
There is so much footage of the strung-out bit that there are compilations on it on YouTube. The gag gained so much attention that Driver even played into it by confronting Oliver on the show’s 2020 finale episode.
While Oliver was in the middle of making one of his wild references, Driver appeared through a FaceTime call to address the bit. During the sketch, Driver called out Oliver for the references, hilariously expressing his distaste:
“What's wrong with you? You realize we're strangers, right? I don't know you. And now random people on the internet stan us.”
Of course, it seems that Driver’s demand to end the bit on the show’s 2020 finale episode backfired at the Emmys. Instead, writer Chrissy Shackelford responded to the demand by reviving the bit at the end of her speech:
"And finally, we would like to dedicate this award to Adam Driver. He knows what he did, and we know what we'd like him to do."
John Oliver poses in the press room during the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, September 2021 | Source: Getty Images
Shackelford’s words prompted a vigorous nodding reaction from Oliver, indicating that the bit is back. Hopefully, the speech will encourage yet another appearance fromDriver
in the show’s current season.
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