Jimmy Kimmel apologizes to Quinta Brunson for “dumb comedy” at the Emmys.

“People said I stole your moment” Kimmel told Brunson. “And maybe I did, and I’m very sorry I did that. I’m sorry did do that, actually. And besides, the last thing I’d ever want to do is make you angry because I think about you so much. I think you know that. I hope you know that.”

Brunson, as he did backstage after his win, told Kimmel that what he remembered most about the moment was his joy — no bad feelings lying on the floor during his acceptance speech for outstanding writing in a comedy series.

“Well, Jimmy, I’ll tell you, thank you. It’s very kind of you to say that,” he said. “I was actually in that moment of having fun. Like, I won my first Emmy. I was happy up there and I was just wrapped up in the moment and having fun.”

Kimmel introduced Brunson’s category with Will Arnett, who dragged Kimmel on stage and joked that Kimmel had “gotten skinny margaritas” in the theater bar after losing in a previous category.

After the “Abbott Elementary” creator and star was announced as the winner for writing the pilot of the popular sitcom, Kimmel remained on the floor at the base of the microphone. He was there for Brunson’s acceptance speech and the commercial break, a total of nearly two minutes.

Kimmel was off camera for the duration of Brunson’s speech, which lasted about a minute.

during Kimmel’s opening monologue on Wednesday night, Brunson had some time to say more words of thanks after taking the stage and asking for a favor, saying that sometimes “you get less time (on stage) because somebody’s doing some dumb comedy.” Too long.”

“I’ve heard about what’s happened in previous years,” Kimmel replied before taking the floor.

On Monday night, as the Internet began to rage against Kimmel, Brunson graciously appeared behind Kimmel’s post-win press interviews, telling reporters that the bit “didn’t bother me that much,” adding that Kimmel was premature. his supporter and “Abbott Elementary”.

“I might be mad at him tomorrow. I’ll be on his show on Wednesday, I might punch him in the face,” he joked.

That, of course, was not going to be a great teaching moment.

“Abbott Elementary” returns with a new season on Sept. 21 on ABC.

CNN’s Scottie Andrew contributed to this report.