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By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
Jon Stewart should have taken home the Emmy for rowdiest star at Sunday's awards show.
When his name was called as winner in the variety category, Stewart was tackled by Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon, who tried to keep The Daily Show host from getting to the stage. Stewart wound up clawing and crawling his way down the aisle before walking up the steps.
As he accepted the trophy for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart 's 10th consecutive win, 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 bitch! Free sandwich after 10. We were told we'd get a free sandwich after 10."
He then praised his competition: "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. 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 how predictable these (effing) shows were."
Later in the show, Stewart was seen running back to his seat in the theater. Said host Jimmy Kimmel from the stage, "I want to point something out: Jon Stewart is not in his seat and minutes ago backstage I saw him throw his Emmy out - into the garbage. Something to remember for next year."