Quinta Brunson left audiences on edge when she won her first Emmy – but her legs are now Jimmy Kimmel.
The late-night presenter pretended to be unconscious and lay on the floor while Brunson accepted her award as part of a purported prank that confused some viewers.
Kimmel presented the award for Outstanding Author for a Comedy Series with Will Arnett, who pulled Kimmel onto the stage and joked that Kimmel “died in on the skinny margarine” at the movie theater bar. after losing the Series Talk Variety award to John Oliver.
After Abbott Elementary School The creator and star was announced as the winner, Kimmel still standing on the ground at the microphone stand. He remained there during Brunson’s acceptance speech and during commercial breaks, nearly two minutes in total.
Watch the video of Jimmy Kimmel being dragged from the stage above.
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The clip Shared by a ceremony attendee showing Arnett pulling Kimmel’s body off the stage at the end of the segment.
Brunson, unfazed, used her limited time to thank Abbott Elementary School her team, family and husband, but not without some digging on Kimmel: “Jimmy, wake up. I won!”
Kimmel remained out of the camera frame throughout Brunson’s speech, which lasted about a minute.
Later backstage, Brunson talked about the moment, saying a bit “didn’t bother me that much”, adding that Kimmel was an early supporter of hers and Abbott Elementary School.
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“I’ll probably be mad at him tomorrow. I’ll be on his show Wednesday, so I’ll probably punch him in the face,” she joked.
This will be Brunson’s last appearance on stage on Monday. Ted Lasso win Abbott Elementary School in the Best Comedy category, the second win in as many years.
Although Brunson’s victory was widely celebrated – Abbott Elementary School was a hit, ABC’s most successful comedy in years – many viewers decried Kimmel for not giving in to the limelight, especially for a black woman receiving her first Emmy.
(Kimmel, meanwhile, has been nominated for 18 Emmys and won two since 2012)
Many people took to Twitter to express their displeasure at Kimmel’s actions.
“If #QuintaBrunson overtakes #JimmyKimmel who really made headlines the day she won the Emmy is not a metaphor for what it means to be a WOC [Woman of Colour] in the world of white people, I don’t know what,” one person tweeted.
Another added: “Jimmy Kimmel owes Quinta an apology but the mess is every picture of her accepting the award has his butt in it. White men really can’t stand it.”
Sociologist Nancy Wang Yuen, who studies race in the entertainment industry, congratulated Brunson for Abbott Elementary Schoolwith a predominantly Black cast and takes place in a deprived Philadelphia public school.
But she didn’t think much of Kimmel’s joke: “And host Jimmy Kimmel, get up, it’s rude and rude,” Yuen tweeted.
Ernest Owens, editor-in-chief at Philadelphia Magazinehe said he was annoyed by Kimmel, who he said was “trying to distract” from Brunson’s victory.
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