Quinta Brunson interrupts Jimmy Kimmel monologue and receives apology for Emmy controversy

Quinta Brunson interrupted the opening monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Wednesday, just days after winning an Emmy for her hit series Abbott Elementary.

“You know how when you win an Emmy you only have 45 seconds to do an acceptance speech which is like, nothing?” Brunson asked Kimmel. “And then sometimes you get even less time because some dumb comedy bit goes on too long?”

She was referring to her acceptance speech, which many viewers and fans believed was marred by Jimmy Kimmel laying on the ground as part of a comedy bit. Kimmel gave Brunson a chance to redo her speech and later, when she sat down for the interview, he offered a more sincere apology.

“They said I stole your moment,” Kimmel began. “And maybe I did, and I'm very sorry if I did do that. I'm sorry I did do that, actually. And the last thing I would ever want to do is upset you because I think so much of you.”

While Brunson graciously accepted his apology, she insisted that nothing could have detracted from the joy she felt at winning her first Emmy.

“Jimmy, let me just say thank you,” Brunson replied. “It is very kind of you to say that. I honestly was in such a moment of having a good time, like I won my first Emmy. I was up there, like, you know, happy.”

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QUINTA BRUNSON: How are you doing?

JIMMY KIMMEL: How are you?

QUINTA BRUNSON: I'm good. How are you?

JIMMY KIMMEL: Quinta Brunson, everybody.

KYLIE MAR: Quinta Brunson interrupted the opening monologue of Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday, just days after winning an Emmy award for her hit series Abbott Elementary.

QUINTA BRUNSON: 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?

JIMMY KIMMEL: Yeah, oh, yeah.

QUINTA BRUNSON: And then someone does like-- you get less time, because someone does a dumb comedy bit that goes on a bit too long?

JIMMY KIMMEL: You know, I have heard of that happening.

KYLIE MAR: She was referring to her acceptance speech, which many viewers and fans believed was marred by Jimmy Kimmel laying on the ground as part of a comedy bit. Kimmel gave Brunson a chance to thank the people she didn't get to during the Emmys, and later, when she sat down, he offered a more sincere apology.

JIMMY KIMMEL: They said I stole your moment, and maybe I did. And I'm very sorry if I did do that. I'm sorry I did do that, actually. And also, the last thing I would ever want to do is upset you, because I think so much of you.

KYLIE MAR: While Brunson graciously accepted his apology, she insisted that nothing could have detracted from the joy she felt at winning her first Emmy.

QUINTA BRUNSON: Jimmy, let me just say thank you. It is very kind of to say that. I honestly was in such a moment of just having a good time, like I won my first Emmy. I was up there, like, happy.

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