Jimmy Kimmel and Will Arnett’s stint as Emmy presenters included Kimmel playing dead the whole time they were on stage — and even after Arnett announced that Abbott Elementary‘s Quinta Brunson won her first ever Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Brunson gave his speech next to Kimmel, who was lying flat on the ground. The internet was not amused by the. And backstage, Brunson addressed his own feelings about it to the press room. She wasn’t mad then…but that could change, she admitted.
“I know Jimmy Kimmel, and I don’t know, I felt like it didn’t bother me that much,” she said, quickly adding, “I don’t know what the internet thinks.”
She went on to explain her history with Kimmel and his support for Abbott Elementary In the past. “Honestly, Jimmy gave me my first big late spot and was one of the first people to see it Abbott” she said. “One of the first people – he Instagram sent me a message that he saw this comedy and thought it was one of the greatest comedies of all time. He was so excited for it to be on ABC. So I think at that moment I was just really happy that it was Jimmy up there. I consider him one of the godfathers of comedy. I’m a huge fan of Will Arnett, so I was wrapped up in the moment.”
“I don’t know, tomorrow I might be mad at him,” she mused. “I’m going to his show on Wednesday so I can punch him in the face. I don’t know, we’ll see what happens.” Brunson will make a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Sept. 14.
You can watch her speech in the middle of the gag below:
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