Glenn Weiss, director of the James Corden-hosted Tony Awards, accepted tonight’s Emmy for Best Special Class Program and noted that the live show aired the night after a man killed 49 people and wounded 58 others inside the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida.
In his acceptance speech, Weiss said they struggled to figure out how to open the program, crediting Corden with “starting the show brilliantly.” Addressing “what is going on in this world” now, Weiss quoted one of the best remembered lines from that year’s Tonys, Lin-Manuel Miranda ending his acceptance speech for the score of Hamilton with: “Love is love is love is love is love.”
Then Corden took the mic and joked about one of the acceptance speeches from earlier that night: “I’ve read books shorter than his speech.” (As in previous years, creative arts awards nominees had been told to keep their speeches super-short. Most, but not all, complied).
Corden said he grew up in a small town about an hour and a half outside London and “my dream was to host the Tony Awards” calling it “the single greatest evening of my life.”
That year’s Tony Awards was one of the zippier ceremonies, featuring a sweep by Hamilton, which turned a record 16 noms into 11 wins.