Quinta Brunson Gets Payback by Interrupting Jimmy Kimmel’s Monologue After Controversial Emmys Bit

Quinta Brunson Gets Payback by Interrupting Jimmy Kimmel’s Monologue After Controversial Emmys Bit

Jimmy Kimmel is now fully conscious and teasing his response to the 2022 Emmys bit that some viewers felt had distracted from Quinta Brunson’s big moment.

Ahead of the Abbott Elementary creator and star’s Wednesday appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the ABC late-night show’s official Twitter account posted an image of Brunson holding up her Emmy award during what appears to be Kimmel’s monologue.

“Look who interrupted Jimmy’s monologue tonight!” read the tweet’s message.

During Monday’s Emmy Awards telecast that aired on NBC, Will Arnett and Kimmel were the presenters for best writing in a comedy series. Arnett dragged a seemingly passed-out Kimmel onto the stage, explaining that the host had been hitting the margaritas too hard after losing in his category.

Brunson won the Emmy for writing, and Kimmel was lying onstage throughout her speech; the Abbott Elementary star had to step over him to get to the microphone and even told him to wake up. For her part, she was a good sport throughout the bit and added his name to her list of thank-you’s at the end of the speech. However, a number of social media users posted that Kimmel should have stood up before her speech.

Afterward, Brunson told reporters backstage that Kimmel’s bit “didn’t bother me that much,” with the actress pointing out that he had been an early supporter of her show. However, she added that she was scheduled to guest on his show on Wednesday and joked that she “might punch him in the face.”

During ABC’s TCA presentations Wednesday, Abbott Elementary star Sheryl Lee Ralph said she found it disrespectful that Kimmel remained on the stage throughout the speech. “I didn’t know what was going on. I was like, I wish he’d just get up off the ground,” said Ralph, herself a 2022 Emmy winner. “Then I realized it was Jimmy, and I was like, ‘Ooh, the disrespect.’ I love Jimmy Kimmel, but I’m sorry. I told him to his face, and he understood.”

For her part, Brunson said at the TCA panel that she had since spoken to Kimmel and expected a “good, old-fashioned time” during their Jimmy Kimmel Live interview.