Watch: John Oliver hilariously thanks Liverpool’s starting XI in Emmy acceptance speech

British comedian John Oliver might’ve had one of the best acceptance speeches of all time. Well, that’s if you’re a Liverpool fan.

The 2024 Emmy Awards were handed out in Los Angeles on Monday, honoring and rewarding the best personalities, writers, and directors in the world of television. This year saw the award ceremony celebrate their 75th anniversary.

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Watch: John Oliver thanks Liverpool players in Emmy acceptance speech

One of many nominees and winners of the night was renowned British comedian and host of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” John Oliver, who was recognized for the best Outstanding Writing and Scripted Variety Series. It was his eighth consecutive win at the award show.

To celebrate the milestone, however, Oliver decided to thank some of the most important people in his life to conclude his acceptance speech — players in Liverpool’s starting XI.

“In goal, Alisson Becker, then you got Trent-Alexander Arnold, then you got Virgin van Dijk, obviously…” said the comedian.

Oliver jokingly intended to name all the players in Liverpool’s starting squad, trying to test Anthony Anderson’s mother, Doris Bowman, who was in charge of letting people and winners of the award know when their acceptance speeches were going over the allotted time in last year’s ceremony.

Now that’s television, ladies and gentleman.

The 46-year-old comedian is a devoted and known Liverpool fan, continuously showing his support for the club since rising to fame.

“Supporting Liverpool was very much not a choice, that was pointed out to me pretty strenuously at a very early age. There were other things I could choose in my life but a team was not one of them” said Oliver in an interview for Liverpool’s YouTube channel in 2019.

Loving your soccer team to the point of mentioning them in your award acceptance speech? You set the bar pretty high for every soccer fan around the world, Mr. Oliver.

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