Quinta Brunson, the creator and star of Abbott Elementary, decided not to speak much to reporters about Jimmy Kimmel’s action while she was giving her Emmys acceptance speech on Monday night. Sheryl Lee Ralph, her co-star, and another Emmy winner, expressed displeasure.

Before introducing Brunson as the winner for outstanding writing for a comedy series, fellow presenter Will Arnett pulled Kimmel out on stage as part of a joke during the awards ceremony. Kimmel remained motionless on stage as Brunson accepted the award; he only moved to offer Brunson a thumbs up.

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The joke received a barrage of criticism from viewers who felt it was insulting to Brunson and encroached on her Emmys moment.

Brunson said she anticipates having a “good, old-fashioned time” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she will feature as a guest on Wednesday night. “I’ve talked to Jimmy since,” she said to reporters during a Television Critics Association session on Wednesday.

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Whatever else transpires, she wants to remind audiences that Abbott Elementary’s second season premieres on September 21. 

Co-star Lisa Ann Walter claimed that the joke was humorous when it was shown at the Microsoft Theater, but Ralph claimed that she initially felt “confused” before becoming upset.

“I didn’t know what was going on. I was like, I wish he’d just get up off the ground,” Ralph added. “Then I realized it was Jimmy, and I was like, Ooh, the disrespect. I love Jimmy Kimmel, but I’m sorry. I told him to his face, and he understood.”

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Following Ralph’s and Brunson’s Emmy victories, the cast also expressed how much they appreciated coming back to work on Tuesday. Walter joked, though, that she “forgot how to act” after the thrill of Monday night.

“It was the greatest feeling in the world to get back [on set],” actor Chris Perfetti, who plays Jacob said. “We had a table read, and it was the perfect way to come down after that. There was nowhere else I wanted to be.”

“We had to celebrate with the crew, too. It’s just as much their show as it is ours,” actor Tyler James Williams, who plays Gregory added.