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‘Abbott Elementary’ creator wants to focus on the show, not Kimmel

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quinta Brunson, creator and star of “Abbott Elementary” said she preferred to focus on the show rather than the Jimmy Kimmel comedy that overshadowed her Emmy acceptance speech and drew criticism.

But Sheryl Lee Ralph, who received her own Emm y for the sitcom with a catchy song and speech, didn’t dodge the question during a Wednesday Q&A roundtable with TV critics.

“I was like, ‘Oh, the disrespect, Jimmy,'” Ralph recalled.

“I told him too, to his face, and he understood,” said Ralph, who was honored at the Monday ceremony for best comedy actress in a supporting role for her role in the heartwarming comedy set in a Philadelphia school.

Brunson won Best Comedy Series Writing Emmy and found herself sharing the Emmy stage with Kimmel – who was flat on her back, dragged by fellow presenter Will Arnett because the late-night host had so- saying had too many “Skinny Margaritas”. Kimmel nudged Brunson for his award but didn’t budge, a move that has been criticized online as rude and thoughtless by some and cited as an example of white male arrogance by others.

Brunson was scheduled to appear later Wednesday as a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The two share a home network on ABC.

“I anticipate we’re going to have a good old-fashioned time,” Brunson said Wednesday. “I’ve spoken with Jimmy since, and I think it doesn’t matter what’s important” to show that “Abbott Elementary” returns Sept. 21 for season two.

Backstage on Monday, Brunson said the track didn’t bother her “as much” and noted that Kimmel has been a booster of her and “Abbott Elementary”. If she decides she’s mad at him, a smiling Brunson added, she might “punch him in the face” when he appeared on his show.

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