Critics accused Jimmy Kimmel of stealing the attention from winner Quinta Brunson with his parody during Monday night’s Emmy Awards.
Kimmel and Will Arnett presented the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, with Arnett bringing a drunken Kimmel onto the stage. Arnett said that Kimmel drank backstage after losing for the “13th time in a row.”
Brunson walked the stage to accept her first Emmy for ABC’s Abbott Elementary, but Kimmel stayed on stage, reclining next to her, making it hard to catch her remarks without Kimmel in the picture.
Brunson said, “Jimmy, wake up. I won,” but Kimmel stayed on the floor, apparently thinking his act was too funny to end. After a few uncomfortable looks, Brunson started her speech. After she finished, Arnett took Kimmel offstage; he played along till the end.
Abbot Elementary fans were angry at Kimmel for stealing Brunson’s spotlight. Brunson’s admirers, who have followed her rise from Instagram to Buzzfeed to an Emmy-winning programme, believed Kimmel’s comment was in terrible taste and arrogant.
One Twitter user photoshopped Kimmel out of Brunson’s acceptance speech.
Brunson seems unfazed by Kimmel’s comments. Brunson told reporters after the ceremony: “In that moment, I was just pleased it was Jimmy up there… Tomorrow, I could be upset at him. I’m on his programme on Wednesday, so I might smack him in the face. I don’t know. We’ll see.”