Jon Stewart had to fight his way to the stage at 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. He was tackled to the ground by Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon after he was announced by Ricky Gervais as the winner of Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series.
Colbert and Fallon were "upset" for losing the prize to "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" host, so they tried to prevent the winner from collecting the award at the September 23 event. Other nominees were "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", "Real Time With Bill Maher" and "Saturday Night Live".
By the time Stewart was free of their clutch and arrived on stage, he was out of breath. "Oh, I am not in the kind of shape to do a bit with Jimmy Fallon, who is in very good shape. Son of a b****! Free sandwich after 10. We were told we'd get a free sandwich after 10," he jokingly said.
"Stephen Colbert - their show, what they did with superpacs this year was ridiculous, ridonkulous. Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, I spend way too much time on the Internet watching their shows. Real Time with Bill Maher is constantly writing lines I wish I'd written. Without Lorne Michaels and SNL, I don't think any of us would be doing this," he saluted other nominees.
He continued, "We make topical comedy which has the shelf life of egg salad, so to do this for 15 years and have tangible proof that what we do isn't just ephemeral is wonderful. Years from now, when the earth is just a burning husk and aliens visit, we'll find a box of these and they will know just have predictable these (expletive) shows were."