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    • Armstrong accepted the Emmy from a hotel in London at the virtual ceremony
    • He attacked Trump and Johnson for a ‘crummy’ response to the pandemic
    • The 48-year-old also sent an ‘un-thank-you’ message to the coronavirus itself  

    Succession creator Jesse Armstrong attacked Donald Trump and Boris Johnson for their ‘crummy’ responses to the coronavirus pandemic as he accepted an Emmy for his hit HBO series last night. 

    The British screenwriter sent ‘un-thank-you’ messages to Trump, Johnson and the virus itself after winning the Outstanding Drama Series award at the virtual ceremony last night. 

    He accepted the award – the seventh for Succession on the night – from a hotel in London after the show beat out Better Call Saul, Killing Eve, Ozark, Stranger Things, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Mandalorian to win the prize. 

    In the last speech of the night, he berated the US and UK leaders for their ‘crummy and uncoordinated’ handling of Covid-19 while taking aim at ‘all the nationalists and quasi-nationalist governments in the world’.  

    Jesse speaks out: Succession creator Jesse Armstrong didn’t pull any punches in his acceptance speech for his hit HBO series winning Oustanding Drama Series at the Emmys

    Speaking out: His speech was the last of the night, the seventh win in total for Succession on the night, when Armstrong took aim at the political leaders of the United States and his native United Kingdom: Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. Succession winner rips Donald Trump and Boris Johnson in speech

    Speaking out: His speech was the last of the night, the seventh win in total for Succession on the night, when Armstrong took aim at the political leaders of the United States and his native United Kingdom: Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. Succession winner rips Donald Trump and Boris Johnson in speech

    Armstrong’s show is a portrait of a powerful, back-stabbing family wrangling for control of a dynastic media empire.

    The showrunner spoke after the series won awards for best drama writing and directing, while star Jeremy Strong bagged best actor honors. 

    ‘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.

    His speech was briefly interrupted by a telephone ringing, with Armstrong quipping, ‘Room service, probably,’ as Kieran Culkin was seen laughing in another video.

    ‘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,’ Armstrong added.

    ‘Un-thank you to the virus for keeping us all apart this year. Un-thank you to 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.

    He added: ‘Un-thank you to all the nationalist and quasi-nationalist governments in the world that 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. So un-thank you.’ 

    America and Britain have two of the highest death tolls in the world from Covid-19 and both countries have faced severe criticism for their handling of the crisis. 

    A YouGov poll tracker shows fewer than 40 per cent of people in the UK and US approving of their government’s response, compared to more than 60 per cent in Germany, Italy and Canada among others.  

    Nice moment: '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

    Nice moment: ‘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

    Laughing: His speech was briefly interrupted by a telephone ringing, with Armstrong quipping, 'Room service, probably,' as Kieran Culkin was seen laughing in another video

    Laughing: His speech was briefly interrupted by a telephone ringing, with Armstrong quipping, ‘Room service, probably,’ as Kieran Culkin was seen laughing in another video

    Un-thank-you: '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,' Armstrong added

    Un-thank-you: ‘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,’ Armstrong added

    No thanks: 'Un-thank you to the virus for keeping us all apart this year. Un-thank you to 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

    No thanks: ‘Un-thank you to the virus for keeping us all apart this year. Un-thank you to 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

    After the ceremony ended, Armstrong revealed his celebratory plans in the U.K. involved grabbing some breakfast. 

    ‘(I’m) hopefully by going to breakfast because it’s 4 a.m. [in the U.K.] and in case something positive happened I didn’t drink anything so I’m hoping for a champagne breakfast with this lovely group,’ he said.

    Armstrong added, ‘It’s the kind of celebration an old person would have’ after the ceremony.

    Armstrong’s hit series Succession took home seven Emmys out of 18 nominations in its second season at HBO. 

    Breakfast: '(I'm) hopefully by going to breakfast because it’s 4 a.m. [in the U.K.] and in case something positive happened I didn’t drink anything so I’m hoping for a champagne breakfast with this lovely group,' he said

    Breakfast: ‘(I’m) hopefully by going to breakfast because it’s 4 a.m. [in the U.K.] and in case something positive happened I didn’t drink anything so I’m hoping for a champagne breakfast with this lovely group,’ he said

    Jeremy Strong won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Kendall Roy, with Cherry Jones winning Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series at the Creative Arts Emmys last week.

    Armstrong himself won for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the episode This Is Not For Tears.

    Director Andrij Parekh won Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the episode entitled Hunting.

    Succession also scored Creative Arts Emmy wins for Outstanding Casting For a Drama Series (Avy Kaufman) and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (William Henry, Venya Bruk). 

    Winners: Succession also scored Creative Arts Emmy wins for Outstanding Casting For a Drama Series (Avy Kaufman) and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (William Henry, Venya Bruk)

    Winners: Succession also scored Creative Arts Emmy wins for Outstanding Casting For a Drama Series (Avy Kaufman) and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (William Henry, Venya Bruk)

    Cast: Jeremy Strong won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Kendall Roy, with Cherry Jones winning Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series at the Creative Arts Emmys last week

    Cast: Jeremy Strong won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Kendall Roy, with Cherry Jones winning Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series at the Creative Arts Emmys last week

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