Jimmy Kimmel Admits Regretful Comedy Bit Did Take Away From Quinta Brunson’s Emmy Win Moment: She Had To Answer Questions About That Instead Of Just Celebrating Her Emmy

Jimmy Kimmel, Quinta Brunson

Jimmy Kimmel Admits Regretful Comedy Bit Did Take Away From Quinta Brunson’s Emmy Win Moment: She Had To Answer Questions About That Instead Of Just Celebrating Her Emmy

TV personality Jimmy Kimmel admits he unintentionally overshadowed Quinta Brunson’s big moment.

During a recent interview, the comedic vet offered an explanation of how the failed joke came to be and showed remorse for the outcome. As we previously reported, Jimmy Kimmel, 54, received an outpour of backlash when he refused to move from the Emmy’s stage while comedy writer Quinta Brunson accepted her first ever of the prestigious award – in the category of outstanding writing for a comedy series – for her work on Abbott Elementary.

Speaking on the matter, Kimmel first explained how he initially thought the joke would go. He stated:

“How I visualized this happening is he drags me out, we read the winner, and then I’m just basically just out of the shot, and it’s not really a factor,”

Jimmy Kimmel

He continued:

“But the stage was very different. The stage was like a catwalk. So, I was kind of in the way, in a way I didn’t imagine.”

Kimmel continued, denying any suspected racially charged intention behind the prank he said would’ve been done on anyone, no matter who the winner was. The talk show host added that he does feel the bit took away from Brunson’s win. He said:

“Some people read racial stuff into this, and everybody has their own perspective, but the fact of the matter is … this was a plan I had no matter who [won],” 

Quinta Brunson in “Abbott Elementary”

And continued:

“It did take away—especially afterward—because then she had to answer questions about that instead of just celebrating her Emmy.”

While accepting her win, writer and starring actress of the hit series Quinta Brunson, 32, was seemingly unfazed by her fellow comedian. The new Emmy winner gracefully accepted the award and gave a moving speech with Kimmel laying fake dead at her feet.

In the interview following the award show, the comic writer was asked about the moment where she stated:

“I know Jimmy Kimmel….The bit didn’t bother me….Honestly….Jimmy gave me like my first big late-night spot, and was one of the first people to see Abbott….He was so excited it was going to be on ABC….I think in that moment I was just really happy that it was Jimmy up there…. I kind of consider him one of the comedy godfathers….Tomorrow maybe I’ll be mad at him. I’m going to be on his show on Wednesday so I might punch him in the face we’ll see what happens,”

Kimmel received a mass amount of criticism from social media users who credited “white privilege” as the reason he felt compelled to ruin someone else’s shine. Abbott Elementary star Sheryl Lee Ralph was also critical of the TV personality. The decorated actress stated she expressed personally to Kimmel how disrespectful she thought the moment was.

While visiting Kimmel’s late night show, the longstanding comedian offered Brunson an apology for the bit. He stated:

“People said I stole your moment and maybe I did, and I’m sorry I did do that….Also, the last thing I would ever want to do is upset you because I think so much of you. I think you know that. I hope you know that.”

Brunson accepted one of her comedy icon’s apology, and has seemingly since moved on from the matter.


Do you think Jimmy Kimmel’s apology and acknowledgment of his wrong in the moment has sufficed? Tell us in the comments section! 

Authored by: Kay Johnson