Quinta Brunson Gets the Last Laugh After Jimmy Kimmel’s Emmy Flub

The late-night host got a taste of his own medicine.

Quinta Brunson — actually, scratch that. Emmy award-winning actress Quinta Brunson put Jimmy Kimmel in his comedic place during Wednesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Before Kimmel could wrap up his opening monologue, Brunson intercepted the spotlight to finish her acceptance speech that Kimmel so awkwardly and disrespectfully disrupted at the 74th Emmy Awards a few nights prior.

“You know, you’re a little bit early for your interview. It’s after the commercial,” Kimmel told Brunson as she walked on well before her queue.

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“I know, but I have a little favor to ask, actually,” Brunson said in return. “So you know how you win an Emmy, you only have 45 seconds to do an acceptance speech, which is not that much time?”

Crickets.

“And then you get less time because someone does a dumb comedy bit that goes on a bit too long?” The Abbott Elementary star continued, clearly calling out Kimmel’s untimely comedic stint.

Brunson proceeded to use the remaining time reserved for Kimmel’s monologue to redo her outstanding writing for a comedy series acceptance speech.

Watch the full bit below. This one is actually funny.

After the commercial break, the two had a candid chat about what exactly went down Monday night at the Emmys. And Kimmel, for his part, seemed more than apologetic, and even regretful, for how it all panned out.

For those who don’t remember: Kimmel and Will Arnett were presenting the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and as comedians do, they turned it into a bit. The punchline was Kimmel “drank too much” and needed to be dragged onto the stage. This came off the cuffs of Kimmel losing an Emmy to fellow late-night host John Oliver.

However, the bit didn’t end there. Once Brunson took to the stage, Kimmel continued to play dead even after she tried to “wake him up.” Arnett exited the stage leaving one happy Brunson and one fake-dead Kimmel.

“That was a dumb comedy bit that we thought would be funny. I lost, and then I drank too much, and I had to be dragged out on the stage. And then people got upset. 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,” the late-night talk show host said.

“And 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,” Kimmel said in which Brunson responded with a heartfelt thank you.

She recalled being “in such a moment of having a good time” that the bit, though it fell flat, didn’t really bother her. Nor did it take away from her big achievement.

“I was honestly in such a moment of having a good time, like I won my first Emmy! I was up there happy, and I was wrapped up in the moment,” she reassured Kimmel.

“Honestly, I had a good night! I had such a good night.”

Emily Weaver
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