Following the fierce backlash, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel apologized to Quinta Brunson for interrupting her Emmy speech with a “dumb” stunt—which saw her accuse her of exercising “white privilege” by social media critics. The comedian released his State Department statement during Brunson’s appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday.
“Congratulations to your Amy. I missed it, how did it go?” Kimmel, 54, Welcoming the author of “Abbott Elementary” quipped for the show. “It was a dumb comedy bit that we thought would be funny. I gave up and then I drank a lot and then got dragged on stage.”
The former “Man Show” host was referring to the now-infamous incident in which presenter Will Arnett took Kimmel on stage as part of a skit before announcing the winner for Best Writing in a Comedy Series at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. But he was dragged by his feet. in Los Angeles. Arnett, 52, joked that “Jimmy can’t be here tonight” because he’s had too many “skinny margaritas” after losing an Emmy for the late-night series “for the 13th time in a row”.
When Arnett announced that Brunson had won an Emmy for his ABC series “Abbott Elementary,” Kimmel remained with his back jerking in front of the microphone for the duration of his speech.
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Due to which there was a sharp reaction on social media With accusations from many critics Entertaining the epitome of “white privilege” by ruining a black woman’s Emmy moment. The “outrageous” stunt also earned Kimmel a tongue-whip backstage by “Abbott Elementary” star Sheryl Lee Ralph.
Needless to say, the “The Real O’Neills” star regretted her award show antics.
“People get upset and say I stole your moment,” Kimmel told Brunson on the latest episode of his show. “Maybe I did and I’m very sorry if I did.”
He continued, “I’m really sorry I did this and the last thing I ever want to do is upset you because I think about you so much. I hope you know this.”
Fortunately, Brunson, who previously said he didn’t mind the drama, acknowledged his apology, saying: “Okay, Jimmy, let me just say thank you. It’s so nice of you to say that.”
“I was in such a moment of honestly having a good time, like, I just won my first Emmy!” The actress added graciously. “I was so happy there and I was wrapped up in the moment and having a great time.”
“You’re a little early for your interview, it’s after the commercials,” as the late show host Brunson went on stage with Amy in hand.
“Oh, I know, but I actually have a little favor to ask,” replied the “Big Mouth” actress. “So you know how when you win an Emmy, you only have 45 seconds to give an acceptance speech? And then you get less time because someone does a dumb comedy that goes a little longer?”
Then she replayed her Emmy speech on stage to thunderous applause, saying out loud: “Okay, so thank you – again – to the Academy for this wonderful honor.”
“I also want to thank all the fans of the show Randall Einhorn, Michelle Nader, Big Andy, Margie, Aaron Warenberg and Channing Dungy, Persona PR. And the Internet for raising me!” Brunson elicited applause from the crowd.
Kimmel ended the segment with a final apology, saying: “I was dumb, and I’ve got the news: It’s about to happen again.”