Did Jonathan Van Ness Take Home His First Emmy for ‘Gay of Thrones’?

Jonathan Van Ness snagged his second Emmy nomination for the hilarious short-form series, Gay of Thrones. Van Ness, who gained popularity as one of the hosts of Queer Eye, was in the running for an award in the category of Outstanding Short Form Variety Series. Van Ness was up against some stiff competition, including Billy on the Street, Honest Trailers, Carpool Karaoke: The Series, and The Randy Rainbow Show. But did Van Ness take home an Emmy for his Funny or Die comedy?

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Jonathan Van Ness | Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Clusterfest

Jonathan Van Ness receives Emmy nomination

Although Queer Eye was nominated in six Emmy categories this year, Van Ness and his co-stars, dubbed the Fab Five, were not in the running for any awards this year. But that did not stop his fellow co-hosts from heaping on the praises when he received a nomination for Gay of Thrones.

In fact, several Queer Eye cast members voiced their support for Van Ness on social media shortly after the nomination announcement. The actor also got a lot of love from fans, who have grown to adore his Game of Thrones parody over the years.

Gay of Thrones started five years before Van Ness appeared on Queer Eye, and with the HBO series wrapping up its final season this year, the actor was forced to say goodbye to his beloved short as well. With Game of Thrones expected to win big at the Emmys this year, Van Ness had a decent shot at riding that wave and taking home his first Emmy.

Did Van Ness win his first Emmy for ‘Gay of Thrones’?

Unfortunately, Van Ness fell short and did not take home an Emmy for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series. Instead, the judges gave the award to Carpool Karaoke: The Series. This is the second year in a row that Van Ness missed an Emmy in that same category.

Van Ness may not have won an Emmy for Gay of Thrones, but the series will always hold a special place in the heart of many Game of Thrones fans. It is also the series that launched Jonathan Van Ness’s career in Hollywood, enabling to land a part in Queer Eye, a show that is still going strong in its second season.

Queer Eye was up for a total of six different Emmy awards this year. This includes nominations for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program, Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program, Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program, Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program, and Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Reality or Competition Series.

The Netflix series did not get a clean sweep in its categories but it did win a grand total of four Emmys this year. Van Ness and his co-stars – Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, and Bobby Berk – sadly did not win any individual awards.

Jonathan Van Ness dishes on ‘Gay of Thrones’

Now that Gay of Thrones has come to an end, Van Ness recently sat down with Deadline and talked about working on the funny short-form series. The actor revealed how the show was created and what he enjoyed most about recapping each episode of Game of Thrones.

Director Erin Gibson came up with the idea for the series after listening to Van Ness recap an episode during a hair appointment. The two planned on doing a single episode and did not have a set format to follow. Instead, a lot of the scenes were impromptu sets, which really separated itself from the pack.

Following the success of the first episode, the two convinced Alfie Allen to join the project. Things really took off from there and did not stop until Game of Thrones was over.

When it comes to his favorite part of Gay of Thrones, Van Ness admitted that the show enabled him to pursue his passions in Hollywood. But when he started the series, he had no idea where it would take him and did not expect it to be a launching point for his career. He may not have won an Emmy, but things definitely worked out in the end.

“But it’s just been the most incredible, rewarding, nerve-wracking, fun experience that I didn’t know I was going to have, learning how to create content, how to be a comedian, how to be a writer, how to be a producer in my late 20s, early 30s. It has just been an incredibly honoring and awesome and humbling experience, all of it,” Jonathan Van Ness shared.

The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, September 22, on Fox.