Emmys 2020: ‘Succession’ creator says ‘un-thank you’ to Donald Trump for his ‘crummy’ COVID-19 response

  • Jesse Armstrong, the creator of HBO's "Succession," sent a series of  "un-thank yous" to Donald Trump and the world's media moguls as he accepted the Emmy award for Outstanding Drama series.
  • Accepting his award virtually from a hotel in London, Armstrong said: "But for being robbed of the opportunity to spend this time with our peers and with the cast and crew, I think I'd maybe like to do some un-thank yous. Un-thank you to the virus for keeping us all apart this year. Un-thank-you to President Trump for his crummy and uncoordinated response. Un-thank-you to Boris Johnson and his government for doing the same in my country."
  • He added: "Un-thank you to all the nationalists and sort of quasi-nationalist governments in the world who are exactly the opposite of what we need right now and un-thank-you to the media moguls who do so much to keep them in power."
  • "Succession" beat out previous awards favorites such as "The Crown," "Better Call Saul," and "Killing Eve" to win the prestigious best drama prize.
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Jesse Armstrong — the creator of HBO's "Succession" — sent a series of "un-thank yous" to Donald Trump and the world's media moguls as he accepted the Emmy award for Outstanding Drama series.

"Thank you very much indeed. This is such a very nice moment and it's very sad not to be with the cast and some of the crew to share it with you all tonight, but this is a wonderful achievement for the whole group," Armstrong said as he accepted his award virtually from London with his family.

Concluding his speech Armstrong continued: "But for being robbed of the opportunity to spend this time with our peers and with the cast and crew, I think I'd maybe like to do some un-thank yous. Un-thank you to the virus for keeping us all apart this year.

"Un-thank you to President Trump for his crummy and uncoordinated response. Un-thank-you to Boris Johnson and his government for doing the same in my country."

He added: "Un-thank you to all the nationalists and sort of quasi-nationalists governments in the world who are exactly the opposite of what we need right now and un-thank you to the media moguls who do so much to keep them in power."

"Succession" beat out previous awards favorites such as "The Crown," "Better Call Saul," and "Killing Eve" to win the prestigious best drama prize.

The popular drama-comedy follows the life of Logan Roy (Brian Cox), the ageing CEO of a powerful media and entertainment empire, and his four back-stabbing children who are all desperate to be named his successor. The show has, of course, drawn comparisons between the life of the real-life ageing media mogul, Rupert Murdoch.

And after a successful night with a total of seven awards across the virtual ceremony including best directing, writing, and actor (Jeremy Strong), "Succession" has picked up right where HBO last mega-hit "Game of Thrones" left off. The fantasy epic won the award for best drama series in four out of the last five years.

Watch the full acceptance speech below:

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