Jimmy Kimmel might have thought having fun with lifeless on the 74th Emmy Awards was humorous, however Twitter isn’t laughing.
On Monday, the late-evening time tv host pretended to be a lifeless physique, dragged onstage by actor Will Arnett, to current the Emmy Award for comedy writing. however when “Abbott Elementary” creator and star Quinta Brunson went as a lot as settle for her first-ever Emmy, she had surprising — and unwelcome — agency mendacity at her toes.
Brunson performed collectively with the gag, saying, “Jimmy, get up, I gained.” She even requested him to maintain her cellphone, and he obliged with a thumbs-up — however then stayed on the floor. Brunson thanked him on the prime of her speech.
chatting with press backstage, Brunson elaborated on the state of affairs, not but realizing the second had gone viral.
“I felt simply like the bit didn’t hassle me that a lot,” she acknowledged. “I don’t know what the on-line thinks!
“truthfully, Jimmy gave me my first late-evening time spot and was one in every of many first of us to see ‘Abbott,’ and he Instagram messaged me that he noticed this comedy and thought it was one in every of many biggest comedies of all time and he was so excited it was going to be on ABC,” she added.
“So i really feel in that second, i used to be simply actually completely satisfied that it was Jimmy up there! I’m an limitless fan of Will Arnett, so i used to be wrapped up inside the second.”
Brunson acknowledged she might get again at Kimmel for the Emmys farce.
“I’m gonna be on his current on Wednesday, so i would punch him inside the face,” she quipped. “I don’t know. We’ll see what occurs.”
Twitter, nonetheless, was much less forgiving of Kimmel’s shenanigans.
“jimmy kimmel laying on the floor whereas quinta has her second is terribly irritating,” tweeted editor Connor Perrett.
one other person acknowledged that Brunson “deserved elevated than” having Kimmel’s “lifeless” physique at her toes. one other tweeted that Kimmel — who has hosted the Emmys a quantity of occasions, most not too prolonged in the past in 2020 — “deserves” the on-line backlash he sparked.
“Jimmy Kimmel ought to have left the stage all by way of Quinta’s speech,” tweeted journalist Philip Lewis. “extremely disrespectful.”
one other Twitter person famous that Kimmel’s actions might have lasting penalties.
“Jimmy Kimmel owes Quinta an apology nonetheless the tousled half is every picture of her accepting her award has his a— in it,” tweeted theologian and author Candice Marie Benbow.
See extra reactions to Kimmel’s joke beneath.