During her Wednesday night performance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ ‘Abbott Elementary’ star Quinta Brunson interrupted the presenter’s monologue to wrap up her Emmy’s acceptance speech. Kimmel was accused of distracting Brunson’s first Emmy win on Monday when he lay next to her on the floor for the duration of her speech.
“So you know how when you win an Emmy, you only have 45 seconds to give a thank you, which isn’t that much time,” Brunson asked Kimmel on Wednesday night on his show. “And then… you get less time because someone is doing a silly comedy that’s a little too long?”
“You know I’ve heard that in previous years,” Kimmel responded.
“Well, I was wondering, or more demandingly, if I could have a few extra minutes to thank, you know, a few extra people I didn’t reach on Monday night,” the actor said.
Kimmel stepped aside and Brunson thanked several people, fans of “Abbott Elementary,” the show’s writers, and the internet “for raising” her.
Kimmel has been criticized, including from Brunson’s co-star Sheryl Lee Ralph, for lying flat on the floor, ostensibly “passing out” from too many low-fat margaritas, instead of leaving the stage after Will Arnett announced her win.
He apologized to the actor Wednesday night when the pair sat down to have a more formal conversation about his show.
“That was a silly comedy that we thought would be funny,” Kimmel said. “And then people got upset. They said I stole your moment and maybe I did, and I’m very sorry if I did. I’m sorry I did that, actually.”
He added that his intention was not to offend Brunson.
“The last thing I would ever want to do is upset you because I think about you so much,” he said. “I think you know that. I hope you know that.’
Brunson thanked Kimmel for the apology and explained that she wasn’t thinking too much about the joke at the time.
“I was really in one of those moments of just having a good time, like I won my first Emmy,” she said. “I was wrapped up in the moment and just having a good time.”
Monday was Brunson’s first Emmy appearance, as well as her first win. She received the award for outstanding writing for a comedy series.
“Abbott Elementary” tells the story of an underfunded Philadelphia school and the teachers who work there. The first season of the showa total of three Emmys.
Kimmel said the Emmy was well deserved and he was happy that both the show and Brunson were recognized on Monday.
“I was so happy to see you win that Emmy, or not to see you win that Emmy anyway,” Kimmel said, mocking his stunt. “I’ve been a fan of the show before it came out.”