Sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words. Fresh off her Emmys 2022 win for outstanding writing for a comedy series, Quinta Brunson snapped a photo with Jimmy Kimmel, who presented the Abbott Elementary star with her Emmy and proceeded to lie on the ground beneath her while she gave her speech. In the photo taken at Disney’s Emmy party, Brunson gets something akin to revenge, prominently displaying her Emmy smack dab in front of Kimmel’s face while sporting an accomplished grin.
During her speech, Brunson went along with Kimmel’s “over my dead body” bit, saying “Jimmy, wake up, I won,” asking him to hold her phone, and thanking him in her acceptance speech. In the Emmy press room after the ceremony, Brunson said she wasn’t bothered by Kimmel’s bit in the moment, but insinuated that the internet might not have taken too kindly to Kimmel potentially stealing focus from her big moment. “I know Jimmy Kimmel and I felt like the bit didn’t bother me that much,” Brunson said. “I don’t know what the internet thinks.”
Brunson went on to detail her relationship with Kimmel. “Jimmy gave me my first big late night spot and was one of the first people to see Abbott and he Instagram messaged me that he saw this comedy and he thought it was one of the greatest comedies of all time and he was so excited that it was going to be on ABC,” she said. “So, I think in that moment I was just really happy that it was Jimmy up there. I kind of consider him one of the comedy godfathers.”
While Brunson didn’t have any ire against Kimmel in the moment, she admitted that she wasn’t entirely sure how she would feel the next day. “Tomorrow maybe I’ll be mad at him. I’m gonna be on his show on Wednesday, so I might punch him in the face,” joked Brunson. “I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”
Whether Brunson is actually mad at him remains to be seen, but she was correct that large swaths of the internet did appreciate Kimmell committing too hard to the bit. Kimmel is currently trending on Twitter, with fans of Brunson’s admonishing the comedian for stealing focus from Brunson’s moment in the spotlight. “If #QuintaBrunson stepping over #JimmyKimmel who literally laid in her spotlight on the day she won an Emmy isn’t a metaphor for what it means to be a WOC in a white mans world I don’t know what is,” reads a viral tweet from @hebagowayed.
While the internet may be up in arms about one of the memorable moments of the Emmys 2022 ceremony, if the photo is any indication it looks like Brunson got the last laugh.
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