>>129 As to why: in the clusterfuck that is Tom's publicity, who knows exactly. It seems likely JH has a direct line to his people and could get an i'vue at short notice off the back of the nomination.
My own theory is that he knows he will be asked about TayTo, and soon, because of the Emmy nom, the filming and ComicCon, so he needs to get it over with quickly, like a trip to the dental hygienist. I think he hopes that it will be buried under the good news of the nomination - "a good day to bury bad news".
As to that: good luck! Recent events suggest that if you feed the beast, even with crumbs, it just gets hungrier.