Jimmy Kimmel Slammed For ‘Upstaging’ Emmy Winner During Her Acceptance Speech

Jimmy Kimmel has been slammed for 'upstaging' Emmy winner Quinta Brunson during her acceptance speech. 
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Jimmy Kimmel has been slammed for ‘upstaging’ writer and actress Quinta Brunson as she accepted her first-ever Emmy award. 

Kimmel was supposed to present the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series alongside actor Will Arnett at the ceremony on Monday night.

Instead, the BoJack Horseman actor dragged the late-night TV host on stage as part of a skit about how Kimmel had lost an Emmy for ‘the 13th time in a row’.

Kimmel lay on the floor pretending to be unconscious as Arnett joked that he’d been drinking heavily after losing in an earlier category.

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When Brunson then went to accept her first-ever award for the ABC series Abbott Elementary, Kimmel remained lying at the base of the microphone stand.

At this point, she jokingly said to him: “Jimmy wake up, I won!”

Kimmel then gave her a thumbs up, but remained on the stage.

Addressing the audience, Brunson said: “Umm… my goodness I want to say thank you to ABC, to Disney, to Fox, and to Warner Brothers, it takes that many people to make a television show.

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“I need to say thank you to Justin and Patrick, my co-show runners, for believing in a story from four years ago and thinking that it would make a good TV show.”

She continued: “I do want to thank Larry Wilmore for teaching me to write television as well as he did I know that’s random and in case I am not back up here again, I have to thank my mom, dad, brothers and sisters, my cousins, we would be here forever if I tried to name my cousins and uncles and aunts my wonderful husband because he’s the most supportive man I’ve ever known and my incredible cast and show for helping me to make this show and make the pilot. Thank you.”

After Brunson finished her speech, Kimmel continued to remain on the stage.

Footage shared by an audience member shows Arnett pulling Kimmel away at the end of the segment.

After watching the show, people took to Twitter and criticised the presenter for being ‘attention-seeking’.

“Jimmy Kimmel owes Quinta an apology but the messed up part is every image of her accepting her award has his a** in it,” one penned.

Another added: “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 (woman of colour) in a white man’s world I don’t know what is.”

While one person blasted: “Jimmy Kimmel should have left the stage during Quinta’s speech. Highly disrespectful.”

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A third user said: “Congratulations to Quinta Brunson for writing the best comedy series I have seen in forever. #Emmys #AbbottElementary. And presenter Jimmy Kimmel, get up, it’s unfunny and rude.”

“A**hole behaviour. Jimmy Kimmel should be ashamed to have stolen Quinta Brunson’s moment in that way,” someone else fumed.

Despite the online criticism, it appears Brunson isn’t too offended by Kimmel’s stunt, as she said backstage: “I know Jimmy Kimmel and I felt like the bit didn’t bother me that much.

“Tomorrow maybe I’ll be mad at him. I’m going to be on his show on Wednesday, so I might punch him in the face.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.