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‘Abbott Elementary’ creator visits Kimmel and apologizes

THE ANGELS — “Abbott Elementary” creator and star Quinta Brunson avenged Jimmy Kimmel’s prank at the Emmys with one of her own, then received an apology from the late-night host whose part was criticized as rude and worse.

Kimmel, who had distracted from Brunson’s Emmy acceptance speech by pretending to be drunk onstage, was delivering his monologue Wednesday when a gorgeous pink-clad Brunson appeared, award in hand.

“I have a little favor to ask of you,” he said. “So when you win an Emmy, you only have 45 seconds to do an acceptance speech, which is like a short amount of time. And then… you have less time because someone makes a goofy comedy that goes on too long?

“I heard that happened in previous years,” Kimmel replied.

“Well, I was wondering, or not, more demanding if I could have a couple extra minutes to thank, you know, a couple extra people,” Brunson said. Kimmel stepped back to give the spotlight to her guest, and later in the show, Brunson said he was sorry for what he had done at the Emmys on Monday.

The Brunson and Kimmel shows air on ABC.

Brunson won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and found himself sharing the stage with Kimmel, who was on his back and being dragged there by host Will Arnett because Kimmel allegedly had too many “skinny daisies”. Kimmel gave Brunson the thumbs up for his award but didn’t back down, a decision some criticized online as thoughtless and others cited as an example of white male arrogance.

“Abbott Elementary,” a mockumentary set in an underfunded Philadelphia school, won a total of three Emmys for its freshman season, including one for co-star Sheryl Lee Ralph for best supporting actress in a comedy.

On Kimmel’s show, Brunson received loud applause from the studio audience as he thanked “every fan of the show,” then joined the host for a chat.

It began with a single line: “Congratulations on your Emmy. I missed it, how did he do? She then apologized to herself, beginning with an awkwardly qualified mea culpa.

“That was a goofy comedy that we thought would be funny,” he said. “Then people got upset, they said I stole your moment. And maybe I did. I’m so sorry if I did that. I did that, actually. … The last thing I want to do is upset you, because I think about you a lot. I think you already know that. I hope you know.”

“That’s very nice of you to say that,” Brunson replied kindly, avoiding direct criticism of Kimmel. He said he was “in the moment” after winning her first Emmy and with Arnett and Kimmel on stage with her.

“Honestly, I had a great night. It was a good night and a good time,” he said.

Kimmel, who jokingly blamed Arnett for what happened, praised Brunson’s series, noting that it never won an Emmy despite repeated trips to the awards.

“And I went once and I won,” he said, handing over the dig with a smile.

Kimmel offered one last apology, adding: “I was foolish and I have news: It will happen again.”

Earlier Wednesday, Brunson and his co-stars fielded questions from TV critics during a virtual panel discussion, with Ralph expressing his displeasure with Kimmel’s Emmy act. “I was like, ‘Oh, the disrespect, Jimmy,'” Ralph recalled.

She sarcastically referred to it as “lovely that he was lying on the floor during his wonderful acceptance speech. “I told him so too, to his face, and he understood,” said Ralph.

When Brunson was asked what he was looking forward to during his appearance with Kimmel, he said he was “anticipating that we’re going to have a good old fashioned time” and that he intended to highlight the second season return of “Abbott Elementary” on 21 of September

Brunson said that she and Kimmel had already spoken but did not detail their private conversation. Backstage at the Emmys on Monday, Brunson said the part about her didn’t bother her “that much,” noting that Kimmel has been a boost to her and “Abbott Elementary.” If she decides she’s mad at him, she added to a smiling Brunson, she could “punch him in the face” during her appearance on her show.

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