Brunson, as she did backstage after her win, told Kimmel that what she remembered most about the moment was her joy, not her bad feelings about him lying on the floor during her acceptance speech for outstanding writing on the comedy series.
“Well, Jimmy, let me say thank you. That’s very sweet of you,” she said. “I was honestly at a point where I was just having a good time. Like, I won my first Emmy. I was happy there and I was caught up in the moment and just having a good time.”
Kimmel introduced Brunson’s category with Will Arnett, who pulled Kimmel on stage and joked that Kimmel “hit the skinny margaritas” at the theater bar after losing in the previous category.
After the creator and star of “Abbott Elementary” was announced as the winner for writing the pilot of the popular sitcom, Kimmel was left lying on the ground near the microphone stand. It remained there throughout Brunson’s speech and during the commercial break, for a total of nearly two minutes.
Kimmel remained off camera during Brunson’s speech, which lasted about one minute.
“I’ve heard about it in years past,” Kimmel replied before giving her the floor.
On Monday night, after the Internet began to rage against Kimmel, Brunson was kind to Kimmel backstage in post-win press interviews, telling reporters that the beat “doesn’t bother me that much,” adding that Kimmel was an early fan of hers. and “Abbott Elementary.”
“Tomorrow, I may be angry with him. I’m going to be on his show on Wednesday so I can punch him in the face,” she joked.
It certainly wouldn’t be a particularly educational moment.
“Abbott Elementary” returns with a new season on September 21st on ABC.
CNN’s Scotty Andrews contributed to this report.