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Abbott Elementary's Sheryl Lee Ralph Calls Out Jimmy Kimmel for Quinta Brunson Emmy Bit: 'The Disrespect!'

The Emmy-winning actress did not find Kimmel's antics funny.
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jimmy Kimmel. (Photos: Everett Collection)
    Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jimmy Kimmel. (Photos: Everett Collection)

    Sheryl Lee Ralph was not amused by Jimmy Kimmel's Emmys antics. 

    At Abbott Elementary's Television Critics Association panel this afternoon, the show's team was asked how Kimmel's controversial bit, during which he stayed on the floor pretending to be passed out while Quinta Brunson gave her acceptance speech, played in the room. Brunson remained light-hearted about the matter, while her co-star Lisa Ann Walter said it "played funny". Ralph, who took home her own Emmy Monday night, did not approve, however.

    "I was absolutely confused... I was like, 'I wish that man would just get up off the ground'," Ralph reportedly said. "And then I realized it was Jimmy Kimmel, and then I was shocked. Ooh, the disrespect, Jimmy! But that’s just me. I told him, too, to his face. He understood."

    Brunson is scheduled to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this evening, and said she thinks "it will be a good time." 

    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.

    TOPICS: Abbott Elementary, 74th Primetime Emmy Awards, Jimmy Kimmel, Quinta Brunson, Sheryl Lee Ralph