Two days after receiving his first Emmy, Abbott Elementary Creator and star Quinta Brunson finally got a chance to rehearse her acceptance speech. Brunson interrupted Wednesday’s opening monologue Jimmy Kimmel Live! To ask for a chance to thank those he didn’t have time for because of Kimmel.
“You know when you win an Emmy you only have 45 seconds to do an acceptance speech, which is nothing?” Brunson asked Kimmel. “And then sometimes you get even less time because some stupid comedy bit goes on too long?”
There was a run during the Emmys that Kimmel was drunk because he regularly loses in his category. Will Arnett dragged Kimmel onstage as if he had passed out, before presenting Brunson with the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Kimmel was sprawled out in front of the mic as Brunson gave his acceptance speech, and many in the audience were upset about it.
In an attempt to make amends, Kimmel allowed Brunson to use the time left over from the monologue to finish his acceptance speech. Later, when she sat down for an interview, he offered her a heartfelt apology.
“They said I stole your moment,” Kimmel began. “And maybe I did, and I’m so sorry if I did. I’m sorry I really did. And the last thing I’d ever want to do is upset you because I think about you so much. .
While Brunson graciously accepted her apology, she insisted that nothing could detract from the joy she felt at winning her first Emmy.
“Jimmy, let me just say thank you,” Brunson replied. “That’s very kind of you to say. I was honestly having such a good time, just as I won my first Emmy. I was there, like, you know, happy.”
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