Creator and ‘Abbott Elementary’ star Quinta Brunson is set to appear on ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Wednesday, after the late-night host’s much-criticized stunt at Monday’s Emmys during the keynote speech. Brunson’s acceptance.
Kimmel’s Emmy gag of pretending to pass out on stage, forcing Brunson to step over her lifeless body to deliver her acceptance speech drew more criticism during a virtual ‘Abbott Elementary’ panel for the Television Critics Association Wednesday, ahead of the second-season premiere next week (Wednesday, 9 EDT/PDT).
Sheryl Lee Ralph, who won an Emmy on Monday night for Best Supporting Actress, said she was initially confused by the joke.
“When I realized it was Jimmy Kimmel, I was like, ‘Oh, the disrespect, Jimmy.’ (But) it’s just me,” Ralph said, adding sarcastically. “Sorry, I thought it was wonderful that he was lying on the floor during (Brunson’s) wonderful acceptance speech.”
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“I love Jimmy Kimmel, but I’m sorry,” Ralph added. “I told him to his face and he understood.”
Cast member Lisa Ann Walter said, “I thought it was playing funny in my room. That was my feeling about the play.”
Kimmel was dragged across the stage by Will Arnett to present Emmy Outstanding Comedy. Arnett explained that Kimmel was drunk on skinny margaritas after losing the variety/conversation category again to John Oliver’s HBO series “Last Week Tonight.”
Brunson took over the stage in the aftermath Monday night, joking, “Jimmy, wake up. I won.” But Twitter erupted, dragging Kimmel for grabbing the attention of the “Abbott Elementary” creator and the star’s first Emmy win.
Backstage, Brunson also played well with longtime friend and “Abbott Elementary” supporter Kimmel, but joked that she “might punch him in the face” when she appears on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “.
On Wednesday, Brunson said she would leave the panel to tape the late night show’s episode.
“I anticipate we’re going to have a good old-fashioned time,” Brunson said, adding that she’s spoken to Kimmel since the incident. It wouldn’t give any other preview information.
“I guess you’ll just have to tune in and watch,” Brunson added.
The “Abbott Elementary” cast told the TCA panel that it was a pleasure to resume filming the show in the workplace with three Emmy wins, including Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series.
“We also got to celebrate with the crew. It was awesome,” said Tyler James Williams. “It felt like a long day. They also had a chance to celebrate because it’s as much their win as it is ours.”