The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, are airing live on CBS from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

By Char Adams
September 17, 2017 10:12 PM

Leave it to Dave Chappelle and John Oliver to get the Twittersphere talking.

Chappelle, 44, inadvertently sparked the trending topic at Sunday’s Emmy Awards when he gave a shout out to Washington, D.C., public schools during an unrehearsed bit alongside Melissa McCarthy.

“I am truly amazed how many black people are here. I counted 11 on the monitor. I should also tell you that I skipped rehearsal,” Chappelle said.

“Shout out to D.C. public schools. Here we go,” he said before going back to reading the monitor.

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Later in the show, John Oliver urged Twitter users to use the hashtag #DCpublicschools to make the slogan trend on the social media site.

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With that, the hashtag was soon in the site’s top ten trending topics.

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“I see John Oliver wants us to get #DCPublicSchools trending,” one person tweeted. “I’ll help b/c he’s never steered me wrong.”

Another added: So much love to @iamjohnoliver for bringing attention to the issues that matter. #DCpublicschools #NeverForget #resilience.”

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Officials with the school system’s Twitter account even reacted with a photo of a surprised little girl.

“Us right now. #dcpublicschools #emmys,” officials wrote.

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Stephen Colbert, are airing live on CBS from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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