Jimmy Kimmel under fire for ruining 'Abbott Elementary' creator Quinta Brunson's Emmys moment

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Quinta Brunson accepts the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series award for "Abbott Elementary"?during the 74th Primetime Emmys at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles.

Quinta Brunson accepts the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series award for "Abbott Elementary"?during the 74th Primetime Emmys at Microsoft Theater on Sept. 12, 2022, in Los Angeles.

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The 2022 Emmys are history, and for most viewers, they will be the type of history that's quickly forgotten.

Although mercifully short, there wasn't much to write home. As expected, streaming favorites like "Succession" and "Ted Lasso" took home top honors, but one surprise winner of the night was "Abbott Elementary," a first-season ABC sitcom about a ragtag crew of Philadelphia school teachers.?

Sheryl Lee Ralph won for best supporting actress in a comedy, and supplied the night's most memorable moment singing "Endangered Species" by Dianne Reeves. And Quinta Brunson won best writing in a comedy series for the show's pilot, but her moment was upstaged by a tepid gag from late night host Jimmy Kimmel.

Before presenting the comedic writing award, Will Arnett dragged a lifeless Jimmy Kimmel?center stage. The joke referenced Kimmel losing the variety talk show category "for the 17th time," and having too many margaritas as a result. Arnett's delivery was charming, pulling the envelope from Kimmel's still body, but the problem came after he revealed the winner.

Brunson walked up to receive her award, and Kimmel remained laying on the ground, with Arnett pushing his body a few feet to the side.

"Jimmy, wake up, I won? Jimmy? OK, hold my phone," Brunson said gracefully.

The Emmys producers didn't include Kimmel in the camera shot as she delivered her speech, but a wide photograph of the scene has circulated online, with accusations that Kimmel stole her moment. Twitter posts that received tens of thousands of likes criticized Kimmel of white privilege for upstaging Brunson (who is a Black woman). Some commenters also brought up Kimmel's history of performing in blackface and past jokes about Mahershala Ali's name.

Brunson herself didn't seem very upset about the situation in a post-event interview with Variety. She noted that she knows Kimmel personally, and that the bit didn't bother her. She said he was one of her earliest supporters, even sending her an Instagram message calling "Abbott Elementary" one of the best comedies of all time.

"I think in that moment, I was just really happy that it was Jimmy up there," Brunson said to Variety. "I kind of consider him one of the comedy godfathers. I'm a huge fan of Will Arnett. So I was wrapped up in the moment. I don't know, tomorrow maybe I'll be mad at him. I'll be at his show on Wednesday, so maybe I'll punch him in the face, we'll see what happens."