Jimmy Kimmel knows his "dumb comedy bit" at the Emmys was a mistake.
During Abbott Elementary creator and star Quinta Brunson's appearance Wednesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host apologized for distracting from her big moment. Kimmel began their chat by explaining what happened at the ceremony, showing the now-viral clip of Brunson's win (and the extended bit that saw Kimmel remain on stage fake passed-out during her acceptance speech).
"People got upset, they said I stole your moment, and maybe I did... and I'm very sorry if I did do that. I'm sorry I did do that, actually, and also, the last thing I would ever want to do is upset you, because I think so much of you," said Kimmel. "And I think you know that, I hope you know that."
Brunson thanked him for his apology, telling the host that it was "kind of him" to say that and that she was totally wrapped up in the moment. "Honestly, I had a good night," she said.
Kimmel then jokingly blamed Will Arnett for the stunt, and told Brunson he was delighted by her win. Brunson also got her own shot at revenge at the top of the show, interrupting Kimmel's monologue to finish the acceptance speech that was cut off Monday night.
"You know how when you win an Emmy, you only have 45 seconds to do an acceptance speech?" she asked Kimmel. "And then you get less time because somebody does a dumb comedy bit that goes on a bit too long?" The host then stepped back to let Brunson complete her speech and kick off the show, introducing her own upcoming appearance.
Abbott Elementary returns for its second season on ABC September 21.
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Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and harboring dad-aged celebrity crushes. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.