Jesse Armstrong, the creator of “Succession,” recently dissed King Charles III during his acceptance speech at the 2022 Emmy Awards, which were held on September 12th. “Succession” won the Best Drama Series Award, beating out “Euphoria,” “Better Call Saul,” “Ozark,” “Squid Game,” “Stranger Things,” and several other iconic series.
During his speech, Armstrong dissed the King’s recent ascension to the throne, saying there was “more voting” in the award process for the Emmys than in his ascension. An insider later revealed to E! News that the audience at the ceremony wasn’t pleased with Armstrong’s statements.
There were also mixed reactions from the viewers at home and fans, who shared their opinions of Armstrong’s statement on social media. King Charles III was recently proclaimed the new monarch of the UK and the Commonwealth after his mother, Queen Elizabeth, died last week.
Read on to find out more.
Jesse Armstrong Dissed King Charles III
At the 2022 Emmys, Armstrong and several of the “Succession” cast took the stage to accept the Emmy award for Best Drama Series. During the creator’s acceptance speech, he said, “Big week for successions. New King in the UK … for us.”
He then acknowledged that the Academy’s voting process that earned the show its award saying, “Uh, evidently a little more voting involved in our winning than Prince Charles.” Immediately, the hall was filled with gasps and cheers, and Armstrong quickly added, “I’m not saying we’re more legitimate in our position than he is. We’ll leave that up to other people.”
Brian Cox, one of the show’s stars, then butt in on Armstrong’s speech, saying, “Keep it, royalist, keep it royalist.” Armstrong then thanked everyone involved in the HBO series’ success. He said, “We are incredibly grateful to have this honor. This group is extraordinary. It’s a team effort.”
The Emmys Audience Reportedly Disliked His Statement
Since the King’s ascension, there’s been heavy debate, with many people supporting and many criticizing the British monarchy. However, it seems that the audience at the Emmys leaned more towards support, as many celebs were apparently displeased with Armstrong’s diss.
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An insider later revealed to E! News that there were many audible “wtfs” and very little laughter in the crowd during the royal diss section of Armstrong’s speech. They said, “It seemed most people felt it was in poor taste.” Another eyewitness also told E! News, “It was just very awkward.”
Fans Had Mixed Reactions To His Speech
Viewers watching the Emmys from home also had mixed reactions to Armstrong’s dig at the King. Many took to Twitter to express their opinions of his statements. One tweet read, “winning Best Drama and cracking a joke about the royal succession on national TV is quite a choice.”
Other fans seemed more amused about Armstrong’s statements. One fan tweeted, “Why is the dude accepting the award for Succession looking for enemies in the royal family.” One tweet read, “oh this man is gonna make me watch succession lmfao he said f–k the monarchy.”
Another trending tweet read, “it’s so funny bc ik those ppl watch succession and laugh at all the f–ked up jokes and they can’t laugh at this even though it’s literally the truth there IS in fact more voting done for the emmy’s compared to making a british royal in charge of the country get a grip LMAO.”
King Charles III Just Ascended To The Throne
King Charles III officially ascended to the throne on Saturday morning, a few days after the death of his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth. The late Queen was 96 years old and had ruled over the UK and its Commonwealth territories for 70 years.
The King’s two-part accession council was held on Saturday morning at the St. James’ Palace in London. During his speech, King Charles said, “I know how deeply you and the entire nation, and I think I may say the whole world sympathizes with me in the irreparable loss we have all suffered.”
He continued per Page Six, “My mother’s reign was unequaled in its duration, its dedication and its devotion. Even as we grieve, we give thanks for this most faithful life. I am deeply aware of this great inheritance and of the duties and heavy responsibilities of sovereignty which have now passed to me.”