At the Emmys on Sunday, Sterling K. Brown was played off while he was giving his acceptance speech, but he decided to finish it speech backstage not long after.
Brown won the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his performance on This Is Us. During the Emmys, just as Brown was starting to thank the show’s writers, the camera began to pan away and the music started to overpower him. Soon, the show moved on, and he was legitimately not able to finish his prepared remarks.
While speaking to press backstage, Brown was asked if he would like to finish his speech, and he decided to do so. The actor explained that he wanted to thank the show’s writers because a show doesn’t get seven acting nominations without impeccable writing.
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Next, Brown thanked the show’s producers – John Requa, Glenn Ficarra and Ken Olin – and then its creator and showrunner, Dan Fogelman.
“He’s the Hebrew hammer on which our house is built,” Brown said. “He makes me laugh and cry in equal parts and keeps me coming back for more. In his own little small special way, he’s not trying to make America great again. He’s trying to make it the best it’s ever been.”
Finally, Brown thanked his manager and his wife, angrily saying to himself, “they cut me off because I got to thank my wife.”
It was especially surprising seeing Brown get cut off at the Emmys on Sunday because he became the first black actor in nearly 20 years to win the award. The last black actor to do so was Andre Braugher, who won in 1998 for Homicide: Life on the Street and who Brown thanked in his speech. Brown is only the fourth black actor to ever win the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, with the other three being Andre Braughrer, Bill Cosby, and James Earl Jones.