Sheryl Lee Ralph Confronted Jimmy Kimmel About His Bit During Quinta Brunson’s Acceptance Speech At The Emmys, And He Has Apologized To Quinta
The fact that Quinta Brunson rose from the realm of internet skits to being awarded an Emmy for her hilarious hit show Abbott Elementary is an inspiration to anyone writing comedy (ie: ME!). However her moment was stolen by the antics of overgrown teenager Jimmy Kimmel, as he chose to remain on the ground after a bit with Will Arnet during her acceptance speech. First of all Jimmy, you’re way too old for these kinds of shenanigans. Secondly, nobody is pleased with the way you tried to make Quinta’s moment all about you. And one of those folks is Sheryl Lee Ralph, who won her first Emmy for her role in Abbott before giving a rousing speech that’s still inspiring everyone. Now, Sheryl is speaking out about Jimmy’s sad Life Alert re-enactment by saying she thought it was just plain disrespectful.
People reports during a panel with the Television Critics Association Sheryl was asked about how she felt while watching Jimmy lay on the ground mimicking his chances of ever winning an Emmy after eleven nominations; dead and gone. And she also revealed not only is she speaking out about it, she confronted Jimmy after his miraculous resurrection from the floor.
“Ooh, the disrespect!” Ralph said…on Wednesday. “I told him, too, to his face, and he understood.”
Ralph, for one, didn’t understand it at first. “I was absolutely confused,” the actress, who also won an Emmy for her supporting work on the comedy series, said on Wednesday. “I was like, ‘I wish that man would just get up off the ground…. And then I realized it was Jimmy Kimmel.”
Oooh, that was a sharp jab to the white meat Sheryl. Basically, since she’s an OG in the business who has done everything from starring in the original production of Dreamgirls to portraying Lauryn Hill’s dream-crushing mother in Sister Act 2, Sheryl knows Jimmy does stupid shit for attention. But apparently one of their Abbott co-stars thought Jimmy’s bit was a knee-slapping good time. Lisa Ann Walter went on to say Jimmy’s cry for relevance played “funny“. But Sheryl, who realized she was the only one who spoke out about the moment, immediately let everyone know just because her Abbott co-stars have remained silent, she had to say something because in her words “That’s just me”
Quinta doesn’t seem too mad about it, though. She was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, and during his opening monologue, she crashed it with Emmy in hand and gave the rest of her acceptance speech. And later, he apologized to her. via People:
“I do want to explain this for those who may be confused by this,” said Kimmel. “That was a dumb comedy bit that we thought would be funny. I lost, and then I drank too much, and I had to be dragged out on the stage. And then people got upset. They said that I stole your moment, and maybe I did. 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, and I think you know that. I hope you know that.”
Brunson thanked Kimmel for the apology, adding: “I was honestly in such a moment of having a good time, like I won my first Emmy! I was up there happy, and I was wrapped up in the moment.”
Here are clips of Quinta on JKL! last night:
But back to Sheryl, I guess the one thing they don’t teach at Abbott Elementary is how to put bitches in their place, but if they ever do PLEASE sign me up for every available lecture. Just make sure it’s a Master Class held by Sheryl because she’ll make sure everyone understands the assignment by the time the bell rings for recess.