Add “Abbott Elementary” actor Sheryl Lee Ralph to the legions of individuals who didn’t look after Jimmy Kimmel‘s comedy bit during her co-star Quinta Brunson‘s Emmy acceptance speech for comedy writing at the Monday awards ceremony.
During a panel interview with the Television Critics Assn. on Wednesday, “Abbott Elementary” cast members were asked how they felt about Kimmel taking some of the shine from Brunson’s second.
“I was absolutely confused. I didn’t know what was going on. But I was like, ‘I wish that man would just get up off the ground,’” Ralph mentioned. “And then I realized it was Jimmy Kimmel. And then I was like, ‘Ooh, the disrespect, Jimmy.’
“That’s all right, but that’s just me. Sorry. I am so sorry,” the newly topped Emmy winner continued sardonically. “Oh, it was lovely that he was lying on the floor during her wonderful acceptance speech.”
Ralph mentioned that she expressed her dissatisfaction with Kimmel and that he “understood.”
Some viewers of the awards present shared Ralph’s sentiment and chimed in on Twitter to notice that Kimmel’s actions overshadowed Brunson’s massive second, calling them “rude and inconsiderate.”
“Jimmy Kimmel should have left the stage during Quinta’s speech,” tweeted journalist Philip Lewis. “Highly disrespectful.”
Theologian and author Candice Marie Benbow wrote, “Jimmy Kimmel owes Quinta an apology but the messed up part is every image of her accepting her award has his a— in it.”
“I don’t know of a better example of invasive white male privilege than Jimmy Kimmel laying in the middle of Quinta Brunson’s #Emmys2022 speech,” tweeted @TheCourtKim. “He had no business/right to take up space in the way that he did.”
Lisa Ann Walter, who additionally stars within the sequence, thought the bit “played funny in the room.”
And Brunson talked about in the course of the panel that she could be a visitor on Kimmel’s late-night speak present Wednesday night time.
“I’m anticipating that we are going to have a good old-fashioned time,” Brunson mentioned of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!.” “I have talked with Jimmy since, and I think no matter what, it’s important to just showcase that ‘Abbott Elementary’ is premiering next week. I think it’s gonna be a good time, and you’ll probably just have to tune in and watch.”
Whereas doing press backstage on the Emmys, she mentioned, “I felt like the bit didn’t bother me that much.”
Brunson expressed gratitude on the Emmys for the alternatives and help Kimmel has continuously given her.
“Honestly, Jimmy gave me my first late-night spot and was one of the first people to see ‘Abbott,’ and he Instagram messaged me that he saw this comedy and thought it was one of the greatest comedies of all time and he was so excited it was going to be on ABC,” she mentioned. “So I think in that moment, I was just really happy that it was Jimmy up there.”
Brunson’s speech wasn’t the one noteworthy one for the “Abbott Elementary” forged. Ralph’s acceptance speech for supporting actress in a comedy was a showstopper. The actor, who can also be a Tony-nominated singer, carried out a number of traces from jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves’ music “Endangered Species.”
“I am an endangered species / But I sing no victim’s song / I am a woman, I am an artist / And I know where my voice belongs,” Ralph sang to uproarious applause.
Backstage after her win, Ralph defined what the music means to her.
“I’ve been singing that song for years because I think of myself as an artist, as a woman and especially as a woman of color, I’m an endangered species,” she mentioned. “And I don’t sing any victim song. I’m a woman. I’m an artist, and I know where my voice belongs.
“There are so many young actors, artists, even kids that think they know what they’re going to do in life,” she added. “Find your voice and put it where it belongs.”