Sheryl Lee Ralph Addresses Jimmy Kimmel Emmys Bit: “Disrespect!”

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Abbott Elementary Star Sheryl Lee Ralph was not happy with Jimmy Kimmel’s bit during Quinta Brunson’s Emmy Awards acceptance speech – and she let him know.

“I was absolutely confused. I had no idea what was going on. But I was like, ‘I wish this man would get off the ground!'” the new Emmy winner said Wednesday during a Television Critics Association panel.” And then I realized it was Jimmy Kimmel. And then I was like, ‘Ooh, the disrespect, Jimmy!’ … But that’s just me.

At Monday night’s Emmy Awards, Brunson — the creator, showrunner and star of “Abbott Elementary” — won for her writing on the hit ABC sitcom. During her acceptance speech, Kimmel, who presented the award, lay down on stage next to her as part of a bit with co-presenter Will Arnett.

Many are watching at home felt the late night host’s stunt was disrespectful to Brunson and distracted from his historic victory. When the nominations were announced in July, Brunson made history as the first black woman to be nominated in three different comedy categories in the same year. She is now only the second black woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, following writer and “Master of None” star Lena Waithe in 2017.

Ralph said she directly told Kimmel she didn’t appreciate her part. “I told him to his face too,” she said. “I did! And he understood.

Sheryl Lee Ralph won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for ‘Abbott Elementary’ at the 2022 Emmy Awards.

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Brunson, who is scheduled to appear on Kimmel’s show on Wednesday night, understandably seemed more than ready to move on from the incident and focus on her show’s upcoming second season.

“I anticipate we’re going to have a good old-fashioned time,” she said Wednesday when asked about Kimmel. “I’ve spoken with Jimmy since and I think no matter what, it’s important to show ‘Abbott Elementary’ premieres next week, so I will. I think it’s going to be a good time and you’ll probably just have to log on and watch.

Quinta Brunson (left) and Jimmy Kimmel.
Quinta Brunson (left) and Jimmy Kimmel.

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At a party after Monday night’s ceremony, Brunson poked fun at the incident by posing with Kimmel for a photo – obscuring her face with her Emmy award.



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