The 2022 Emmy Awards Highlights and the Backlash Jimmy Kimmel Received for His Bit

September 13, 2022

By: Mariah Fritz

The 2022 Emmys Awards have been long awaited, and many actors and TV programs got the recognition they deserve. HBO’s “Succession” won best drama series, “Ted Lasso” won best comedy series, “The White Lotus” and "Squid Game" won several awards. Actress Zendaya landed another Emmy for best actress in a drama series, now being a two-time winner in the category, and Sheryl Lee Ralph won outstanding supporting actress for her role in "Abbott Elementary”.

The writer for “Abbott Elementary”, Quinta Brunson, won her first Emmy for writing in a comedy series, and according to NBC News, “is the first Black woman to earn three nominations in the comedy categories in the same year.”  However, many claim her moment of victory was ruined by talk show host Jimmy Kimmel who dragged on his joke for too long.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Will Arnett dragged a seemingly passed-out Kimmel onto the stage,” and joked with the audience that this is the “13th time in a row that he’s lost and he just got into the skinny margaritas back there.” When Brunson went to accept her award, Kimmel remained to lie on the stage and she had to step over him to give her speech.

Brunson added to the bit, saying to him “Jimmy, wake up. I won.” Kimmel gave her a thumbs-up, then continued to lay on the stage as she gave her speech. Once she was one, Arnett came back and dragged Kimmel off-stage. The Hollywood Reporter says that Brunson appeared to have not minded the bit as she thanked Kimmel during her speech. She said backstage that it “didn’t bother me that much” but was unsure about how audiences at home would react. 

“I think in that moment, I was just really happy that it was Jimmy up there,” she said to reporters. “I kind of consider him one of the comedy godfathers; I’m a huge fan of Will Arnett, so I was wrapped up in the moment. I don’t know — tomorrow maybe I’ll be mad at him. I’m gonna be on his show on Wednesday, so I might punch him in the face. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”

Other big names in the film industry had criticisms for Kimmel’s bit, with Andy Dehnart, the Television Critics Association, tweeting “Jimmy Kimmel not moving to get out of Quinta Brunson’s way is a (shitty, selfish, bullshit) choice.” Author and activist Ernest Owens also chimed in with her feelings towards Kimmel’s joke, tweeting “Can’t lie, I’m still annoyed that Jimmy Kimmel’s annoying ass was on the ground trying to take attention away from Quinta Brunson’s historic victory.”