Days after winning her first Emmy Award — and seemingly spoiling her big moment by Jimmy Kimmel — Quinta Brunson showed restraint as she sat down to his show on Tuesday night.
In fact, she didn’t slap him in the face, as she told reporters she might when interviewing her backstage at the 74th Emmys Monday night.
Rather, Brunson explained on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that after winning her first Emmy for Comedy Writing, she “was wrapped up in the moment and just having a good time.” She said she barely noticed Kimmel lying there on the Microsoft Theater stage, faux-drunk, where presenting partner Will Arnett had dragged and dropped him.
“Jimmy, wake up, I won,” Brunson told him Monday night. But Kimmel stayed where he was.
Kimmel called his swooning presence at Brunson’s feet a “silly comedy that we thought would be funny,” and apologized for staying in her spotlight.
“People got angry,” he said. “They said I stole the moment from you and maybe I did and I’m very sorry if I did. sorry me did actually do that.”
He continued, “The last thing I ever want to do is upset you because I think of you so much and I, you know, I think you know that. I hope you know I do.” “
Brunson said it was “very kind” of Kimmel to say that.
“I was wrapped up in the moment and just having a good time,” she said. “I don’t know. I didn’t see any of that. I saw you and I saw Will Arnett and my Emmy and I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’m having so much fun. … Honestly, I had a good night “I had a great night. It was a good night. It was a good night and a great time.”
That echoed what Brunson told Variety in an article published Tuesday.
“I was completely in my own world and had a really beautiful moment that I will never forget or allow,” she said of Emmys Night. “I also understand that as public figures you are there for people’s own politics. I know that I exist for my own life. But when you become a public figure, you become something people can talk about. So there’s nothing I can do.
“I understand how it affects people. And if I was home, I probably would have been mad if I saw that on TV, but my moment didn’t feel like it. I’m doing well.”
So, no harm, no foul. No slap in the face.
Brunson told the media backstage at Monday’s Emmys that the gag “didn’t bother me that much” and credited Kimmel with being an early champion of “Abbott Elementary.” But Brunson quipped, “I’m going to be on his show on Wednesday, so I might smack him in the face.”
But the backlash spread well beyond social media.
Brunson’s “Abbott Elementary” co-star Sheryl Lee Ralph, who took home her own Emmy and delivered a powerful speech, said she was “absolutely confused.”
“I didn’t know what was going on, but I was like, ‘I wish this man would just get off the floor,'” Ralph said Wednesday during a panel for ABC’s Television Critics Assn. press tour. “Then I realized it was Jimmy Kimmel, and I was like, ‘Ooh, the disrespect, Jimmy.'”
Ralph added that she later reached out to Kimmel and he “understood” her frustration.
For what it’s worth, Ralph’s co-star Lisa Ann Walter said on the same panel that she “acted merrily around the room” when Kimmel shared the stage with Brunson.
Times contributor Dawn Burkes contributed to this report.
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