Two nights after Jimmy Kimmel upstaged Quinta Brunson’s Emmy Awards acceptance speech, she got her revenge on the late-night host.
Brunson was scheduled to appear as a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Wednesday, Sept. 14, but she first crashed his monologue.
It was her way of turning the tables after Kimmel’s comedic bit during Monday night’s award show, when he pretended to be passed out on the stage as Brunson accepted her award for “Abbott Elementary.”
“You know how when you win an Emmy, you only have 45 seconds to do an acceptance speech, which is like not that much time. And then you get less time because someone does a dumb comedy bit that goes on too long,” Brunson quipped during Wednesday’s show.
“Well I was wondering, or more demanding, if I could get a couple extra minutes to thank extra people,” Brunson added before she continued on with her acceptance speech.
Brunson won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. She is the creator and star of the critically acclaimed “Abbott Elementary,” which begins its second season on Sept. 21 on ABC.
People called out Kimmel after the stunt at the Emmys, including “Abbott Elementary” co-star Sheryl Lee Ralph.
“I was absolutely confused. I didn’t know what was going on,” Ralph said, according to Variety. “I was like, ‘I wish that man would just get up off of the ground.’ And then I realized it was Jimmy Kimmel, and I was like, ‘Ooh, the disrespect, Jimmy!’”
Brunson and Kimmel smoothed things over later in Wednesday’s show. Kimmel apologized, sharing Brunson’s opinion that his bit was “dumb.”
He explained that the joke was him pretending to be passed out after drinking too much when losing in his own category earlier in the night. But in the gag, he continued to lay motionless beside Brunson as she gave her abbreviated speech.
“They said that I stole your moment, and maybe I did. I’m very sorry if I did do that. I’m sorry I did do that, actually,” Kimmel said Wednesday during his interview with Brunson. “Also, the last thing I would ever want to do is upset you because I think so much of you, and I think you know that. I hope you know that.”