Emmys 2019: From Billy Porter’s Side-Eye to Peter Dinklage’s Good-bye, Here’s What You Didn’t See on TV

It was an emotional night at the 2019 Emmys. The host-free event featured plenty of surprise wins and shocking upsets, but there were a lot of things that did not make it onto the broadcast. From Bill Porter’s epic side-eye to Peter Dinklage’s heartfelt goodbye, here are the best behind-the-scenes moments that you did not see on TV.

2019 Emmy moments
2019 Emmy winner Peter Dinklage | Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Billy Porter’s side-eye

Billy Porter winning the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series was one of the best moments of the night, but he had another moment that went viral.

When RuPaul accepted his Emmy, a cutaway shot caught Porter giving what looked like some side-eye to the Drag Race star. Backstage, Porter was asked about the looked and assured fans that he is all about the positive vibes.

“There’s never a side-eye coming from me. Let me make this clear to everyone in this room. There’s never anything negative coming from me. It’s all positivity,” Porter shared.

Porter added that he has not seen the side-eye images yet, which have already been making the rounds online. He did, however, emphasize that RuPaul is a good friend and that he is super proud that he won an Emmy.

Alex Borstein dishes on her next project

Alex Borstein, who won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, teased about what she is working on next. The actress quipped that her new secret project is raising her kid before revealing what she would really like to do next.

Borstein joked that she wants to get into the porn industry and hopes to release a hardcore snuff film in the near future.

On a more serious note, the actress talked about why she always mentions her grandmother — a Holocaust survivor — in her acceptance speeches. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star explained that her grandmother was the strongest person she knew and was a great example of what it means to be a strong woman.

RuPaul’s touching tribute

RuPaul’s Drag Race took home the Emmy for Best Competition Series, and the show’s creator gave a heartfelt tribute to executive producer, Jacqueline Wilson, who passed away a few weeks ago. Wilson joined the series in its sophomore season.

Backstage, the cast of Drag Race raised their awards in honor of Wilson in what proved one of the more emotional moments of the night. RuPaul also pointed out that his series is one of the most diverse in all of television.

“First of all, the host of our show is black, gay and drag queen, so check, check and check. There are lots of different types of people here. Is it important? Yes. I had to fight. I feel like I’m about to quote a movie,” RuPaul shared.

John Oliver reacts to applause

The crowd inside Microsoft Theater gave a hearty applause during the In Memoriam piece, but what television audiences did not see John Oliver’s backstage reaction.

According to The Wrap, Oliver was talking to a member of the press when he heard the crowd clapping and stopped the interview mid-sentence. “Who just won?” Oliver asked, before being told was what really happening.

Oliver then joked that the In Memoriam segment is probably not the best time to do a quick Q&A.

The host of Last Week Tonight also talked about how the Emmys did not have a host, adding that Jimmy Kimmel or Stephen Colbert could have done a great job entertaining everyone.

Speaking of a host, the Emmys got a lot of backlash for going without one. In fact, without a host, the award ceremony seemed too official for its own good, despite all of the humorous moments in-between presenters.

Peter Dinklage says good-bye

Peter Dinklage once again triumphed in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his part as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones. This, of course, is the last time Game of Thrones will be up for the award and Dinklage had a difficult time saying goodbye.

Talking backstage, Dinklage was asked if he could ever separate himself from Tyrion after playing the character for eight years.

In response, Dinklage joked that he has gone to a doctor about extracting Tyrion but has completely given up at this point. He then admitted that he really doesn’t want to remove the character — or his fellow co-stars — from his life.

Game of Thrones took home two Emmys this year. Dinklage won for supporting actor while the series as a whole won the Outstanding Drama Series.