Quinta Brunson has the last word when it comes to Jimmy Kimmel’s Emmy stunt.
The “Abbott Elementary” creator and star interrupted the late-night host’s monologue during his Sept. 14 episode, calling his badly received comedy piece during his Emmys acceptance speech.
“I just have a small favor to ask of you. So you know when you win an Emmy you only have 45 seconds to give an acceptance speech, which isn’t that long,” she began. “And then…you have less time because someone is doing a stupid comedy that lasts a little too long?”
“Well, I was wondering, or more demanding, if I could (get) a few extra minutes to thank a few more people I didn’t have access to on Monday night,” she added, before Kimmel told her. gives the stage and she gave another acceptance speech.
The two then sat down for a formal interview, where Kimmel apologized to Brunson for stealing her moment during the Sept. 12 Emmys.
During the presentation, Kimmel was dragged by Will Arnett onto the stage by his foot. Arnett joked that the TV host passed out from drinking too much after losing the variety show award. When Brunson won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Seriesshe had to step over Kimmel to give her acceptance speech.
“It was a stupid comedy that we thought would be funny, I lost and then I drank too much and had to be dragged on stage. And then people got mad,” Kimmel said on his talk show. “They said I stole your moment and maybe I did and I’m really sorry if I did that. I’m sorry that I actually did that.
He added, “The last thing I want to do is upset you because I think about you so much and I think you know that. I hope you know that.”
Brunson thanked Kimmel for her apology, saying it was “very nice” of her to say that.
“Honestly, I was in such a moment of having a great time, like I had won my first Emmy! I was up there, happy,” she said. “I was captivated by the moment and I was just having a good time. I do not know. I haven’t seen any of this. I saw you and I saw Will Arnett and my Emmy, and I was just like, ‘Oh my god, I’m having so much fun.’ But thanks. That’s sweet, but honestly, I had a good night.
People on social media, however, didn’t take the moment too lightly, calling it “disrespectful.”
Actor “Abbott Elementary” Sheryl Lee Ralphwho also won an Emmy that night, agreed.
“I was absolutely confused. I had no idea what was going on,” Ralph said during a virtual panel for presenting ABC at the TCA Summer Press Tour. “I was like, ‘I wish this man would get off the ground.’ And then I realized it was Jimmy Kimmel, and I was like, ‘Ooh, the disrespect, Jimmy!’ But that’s just me.”
Brunson seemed to have let it slide that night, holding his prize in front of Kimmel’s face after his victory.
She also told reporters at the Emmys Press Room that it hadn’t bothered her “that much.”
“I know Jimmy Kimmel, and I don’t know, I feel like the bit didn’t bother me too much. I don’t know what the internet thinks about it,” she said, mentioning that the presenter had offered him his “first great late-night spot”.