While Jimmy Kimmel‘s rude, scene-stealing Emmys moment was all the internet could talk about after Monday’s award ceremony, the late night host himself didn’t utter one peep about it on last night’s episode of his eponymous talk show.
Kimmel — who upstaged Abbott Elementary creator Quinta Brunson as she accepted the award for outstanding writing for a comedy series by lying at her feet during her speech — never mentioned his immature antics in his Tuesday Jimmy Kimmel Live monologue.
Although Kimmel had plenty to say about the 2022 Emmys, including a story about Andrew Garfield‘s IRL superhero skills and a dig about the show’s ratings, he steered clear of his own headline-making stunt after getting blasted on Twitter for his “infuriating” and “irritating” bit.
Viewers were unimpressed after Kimmel was dragged onstage to present the comedy writing award with Will Arnett, but remained onstage during Brunson’s speech even after she tried to “wake him up” as she accepted the Emmy.
Before last night’s show, Kimmel briefly addressed his rage-inducing stunt at an Emmys after-party. The comedian told Entertainment Tonight on Monday that he was oblivious while Brunson was accepting her award.
“I had my eyes closed, I had no idea where I was. It was one of the weirdest things that’s ever happened to me,” he said.
He can claim he had “no idea” where he was, but Kimmel did flash a quick thumbs-up at Brunson, so we’re calling B.S. on that excuse.
If you ask Brunson though, the whole thing is nothing more than a joke from someone she considers to be a “comedy godfather.” The writer and actor brushed off Kimmel’s bit in a video shared by Variety after the Emmys.
“I felt like the bit didn’t bother me that much. I don’t know what the internet thinks,” she said, in part, before joking, “Tomorrow maybe I’ll be mad at him. I’m going to be on his show on Wednesday, so I might punch him in the face. I don’t know, we’ll see what happens.”
That’s right — Kimmel and Brunson are meeting again just days after the Emmys, where their buzzy awards show moment is sure to come up … and she just might knock him out. Watch it live when Jimmy Kimmel Live airs tonight at 11:35/10:35c on ABC.