Succession writer jokes that Emmy award 'involved more voting' than Charles becoming King
Succession writer Jesse Armstrong said it had been a "big week for successions" as his hit HBO drama scooped a top prize at the 74th Emmy Awards.
In his acceptance speech for the final award of the night, the British writer suggested there had been "a bit more voting involved" in the show's win than with the ascension of the new King.
He was quickly reminded to "keep it royalist" by series star and Scottish actor Brian Cox.
The 2022 Emmys is the first major awards show to take place since news of the Queen's death was announced on Thursday, though little mention of the monarch's death was made during the live ceremony.
"It's a big week for successions, a new king in the UK, this for us," Armstrong said onstage, as he collected the accolade for outstanding drama series.
"Evidently a bit more voting involved in our winning than for Prince Charles."
"Keep it royalist, keep it royalist," Cox told him.
"I'm not saying that we're any more legitimate in our position than he is, we'll leave that to other people," Armstrong replied, as he went on to thank the show's production team.
Earlier, Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham paid tribute to the Queen on the event's red carpet, saying she watched coverage of the news "all night until I couldn't keep my eyes open" following the historic announcement.
The British actress said she was "upset at how deeply upset I was" at the news, but said that Charles would "rise immeasurably" to the challenges of being monarch.
Waddingham was nominated for best supporting actress in a comedy series alongside her Ted Lasso co stars Juno Temple and Sarah Niles, but lost out to US actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, who won for her role in Abbott Elementary.
Speaking to US outlet Variety on the red carpet, Waddingham said: "It makes me emotional to think about it.
"I was upset at how deeply upset I was. I sat with my dad on the sofa and I watched it all night until I couldn't keep my eyes open because I couldn't believe it.
"It is like a grandmother dying."
She continued: "It hit me far worse than I thought it would and the enormous pressure that our king has on his shoulders now.
"He will rise to it immeasurably but I feel for him (with) the weight he has on his shoulders."
Elsewhere at the awards, UK talent fared reasonably, despite British heavyweights Colin Firth and Jodie Comer losing out on top awards.
Matthew Macfadyen won best supporting actor in a drama series for his role in Succession, saying he was "deeply flattered and thrilled to bits".
Best supporting actor in a comedy series later went to Waddingham's Ted Lasso co star Brett Goldstein, who promised not to swear as he accepted the award onstage.
"Last time I was here I was told not to swear and I did, and I'm sorry, but it meant that the feed got cut back home in the UK so my family never got to hear me say this but thank you for this second chance," he said.
The audio then cut out once again on the feed before Goldstein finished his remarks with expletives, prompting laughter from the audience.
Ted Lasso equalled its record-breaking 2021 Emmy nomination run by picking up a total of 20 nods this year.