When the final awards start to roll out at any award show, it's often inevitable someone gets rushed off the stage due to time constraints to ensure every major award is shown. Though he seemed confident he could overcome it, Sterling K. Brown eventually had to walk offstage as the camera zoomed out and his mic cut off mid-acceptance speech after winning Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards. Luckily, the world now gets to read how Brown's Emmy speech was actually supposed to end as the actor got a chance to finish during his backstage press interview:
I wanted to thank our writers. A show doesn't get seven acting nominations without some impeccable, beautiful, thoughtful writing. You guys are our life's blood, so I want to thank you so much. To our producers and directors, in particular, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, and the crazy cool Ken Olin. I thank you for your guidance and friendship. And I wanted to thank Dan Fogelman --- he is the Hebrew hammer with which our house is built. He makes me laugh and cry in equal parts and keeps me coming back for more, and in his own little small special way he's not trying to make America great again, he's trying to make it the best that it's ever been, and I love him for taking me on this journey with him. I wanted to thank my manager of 17 years, Jennifer Wiley-Stockton. We've been doing this for a long time, and it feels like we're just getting started. I can't wait to see what's next. And to my wife --- they cut me off before I got to thank my wife, man! Ryan Michelle Bathe, you're everything. You make my life worth living and you gave me two of the most beautiful things that God has ever put on this planet: my sons. Andrew Jason Sterling Brown, Amari Michael Christian Brown, your daddy loves you with the strength of 1000 suns. I'll see you Monday after work. Thank you.
Unfortunately, it seems Sterling K. Brown saved the best for last in terms of the people he thanked in his speech. Lucky for him the press saved the day as Variety notes it was a backstage reporter who asked Brown if he would like to continue his speech after he was cut off. If the wall of text above doesn't make it obvious, it appears Brown still had quite a way to go before the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards cut him off.
While the love for family and longtime colleagues is touching, the truly underrated part of this speech is Sterling K. Brown's love to This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman. There are many who have complimented the creator of the series in miscellaneous ways, but Brown's obscure reference to the Comedy Central film The Hebrew Hammer really takes the cake. Was it just a reference though, or is this Brown's way of hinting actor Adam Goldberg will appear in Season 2 in addition to Sylvester Stallone? Jokes aside, one has to wonder what other bad ass nicknames Brown has for the This Is Us crew.
What made the rushed nature of Sterling K. Brown's win at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards so upsetting to both actors and audiences alike was the alleged disrespect to the history of the moment. Brown was the first African American actor since 1998 to win the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series, and denying him the full glory of the moment really felt like a low point in an otherwise entertaining award show to more than a few. That said, the show was running short on time, and to have Brown get the lion's share of camera time that would ultimately have to be denied to The Handmaid's Tale in the show's closing moments wouldn't have been fair to them.
For a full list of winners for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, be sure to check out our handy list right here. Those who already watched the whole thing and hunger for even more television would do well to visit our fall premiere guide to begin scouting what other shows might be nominated for next year.