Why wasn't Beyonce at the Emmys? John Oliver hilariously explains his 'sense of loss' over her absence

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We don't know which is more disappointing: that "Lemonade" was completely snubbed at the Emmys or that Beyoncé never bothered to show up -- even though she was supposed to.

After nary a production design win at the Creative Arts Emmys, Bey had one last shot left at clinching the next letter in her eventual EGOT: Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special. Instead, that honor went to the dudes who directed Grease: Live. (Yo, Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski, I'm really happy for you and I'm gonna let you finish but...)

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Beyoncé attending the Emmys wasn't just idle gossip, either: Don Mischer Productions, who put on the show, tweeted this week asking the BeyHive for "original fan art" that Beyoncé would digitally sign. And sources told People she "may wow the crowd with a surprise performance."

There was even a seating card for her, right behind Liev Shreiber and in front of Kyle Chandler.

Yet, in the end, there was no Beyoncé -- which John Oliver, winner of Outstanding Variety Talk Series and Emmy guest who was supposed to be seated two rows behind Beyoncé, took umbrage with.

"I thought Beyoncé was going to be here," the Last Week Tonight host explained backstage. "I saw a seating chart and I was supposed to sit two rows behind her, so all I've really been thinking about for the last 48 hours is, 'I'm going to be able to look at Beyoncé's head for four hours.' And she hasn't turned up. So, this is nice, but this evening generally has a sense of loss in it for me.

"I was gonna stare at the back of her head and experience happiness in a form that I probably haven't felt before," he added. "But probably wisely for Yonce, she's given this evening a pass."

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Sterling K. Brown accepts the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for 'The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story' during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Courtney B. Vance accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for 'The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story' during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actresses Tina Fey (L) and Amy Poehler speak onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Writer/producer Ryan Murphy (L) and actor John Travolta accept Outstanding Limited Series for 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: (L-R) Actors Tom Hiddleston and Priyanka Chopra speak onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Leslie Jones speaks onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actors Liev Schreiber (L) and Keri Russell speak onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Kate McKinnon accepts the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series award for 'Saturday Night Live' onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Matt LeBlanc (L) and actress Julie Bowen speak onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actors Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn speak onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Louis Anderson accepts the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series award for 'Baskets' onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Terrence Howard walks onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Sarah Paulson (R) accepts Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for 'The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story' from actress Claire Danes onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Regina King accepts the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for 'American Crime' during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Director Susanne Bier accepts Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special for 'The Night Manager' from actor Tom Hiddleston onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Regina King accepts Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for 'American Crime' onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Host Jimmy Kimmel distributes snacks during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Jeffrey Tambor accepts Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for 'Transparent' from TV personality James Corden onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Producer Mark Burnett (L) accepts Outstanding Reality-Competition Program for 'The Voice' from actress Mandy Moore onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Gaten Matarazzo passes out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the audience during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Producer Mark Burnett (center-right, at microphone) and production team accept Outstanding Reality-Competition Program for 'The Voice' onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Jeffrey Tambor accepts Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for 'Transparent' onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Writer/producer Jill Soloway accepts the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Award for the 'Transparent' episode 'Man on the Land' onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for 'Veep' onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Prosecutor Marcia Clark (L) and actress Sarah Paulson seen on video screen during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Anthony Anderson (L) and actress Tracee Ellis Ross speak onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Joel McHale (L) and actress Kristen Bell speak onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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ET has reached out to Beyoncé's rep and the Television Academy for comment.

Even without being present, Queen B's presence was felt during the show, as two winners quoted a Jay Z lyric about her onstage: Sterling K. Brown -- who thanked his wife, during his acceptance speech, "I got the hottest chick in the game rocking my chain" -- and his The People v. O.J. Simpson co-star, Courtney B. Vance, who shouted out Angela Bassett, saying, "To the woman who rocks my chain...This one's for you, girl!"

Makes you wonder how Beyoncé would have thanked Jay if she'd won...


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