Emmys 2024: The Best Viral Moments From Christina Applegate, Niecy Nash, Pedro Pascal and More

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The 75th Annual Emmy Awards finally took pace, honoring achievements in prime-time television from June 1, 2022, through May 31, 2023, following delays from the Hollywood strike, which pushed them from fall 2023 to early 2024.

Like any award show, there were some amazing viral moments, and here are some of the best from the 2024 Emmys.

Christina Applegate Gets a Standing Ovation and Kills it With the Jokes

While Christina Applegate said the 2023 SAG Awards would likely be her “last awards show as an actor,” she thrilled fans by presenting the first award of the night at the 2024 Emmys.

The 52-year-old actress was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2021, walked with the assistance of a cane as she appeared on stage to a standing ovation and was overcome with emotion, crying in front of the crowd.

She then cracked the perfect joke, saying, “You're totally shaming me and my disability by standing up. Body not by Ozempic.

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Niecy Nash Thanks Herself in an Emotional Speech

Niecy Nash-Betts is officially a Primetime Emmy winner for her role as Glenda Cleveland, the neighbor of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, in Netflix's Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. She won the award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie category.

“I’m a winner, baby! Thank you to the Most High for this divine moment! Thank you to Ryan Murphy for seeing me. Evan Peters (who played Dahmer), I love you. Netflix, every single person who voted for me thank you,” she said, before mentioning her wife, Jessica Betts. “And my better half who picked me up when I was gutted from this work, thank you.”

“And you know who I wanna thank?” she asked, “Me. For believing in me and doing what they said I could not do. And I wanna say to myself in front of all you beautiful people, ‘Come on girl, with your bad self, you did that!’”

“Finally, I accept this award on behalf of every Black and brown woman who has fallen unheard, yet overpoliced,” she said to rapturous applause. “Like Glenda Clevelend. Like Sandra Bland. Like Breonna Taylor. As an artist, my job is to speak truth to power, and baby I’m gonna do it till the day I die. Momma, I won!”

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Pedro Pascal “Explains” His Sling

While presenting the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, The Last of Us star Pedro Pascal continued his faux beef with Kieran Culkin.

Taking a moment to “make this about me,” Pascal said, “A lot of people have been asking about my arm. It's actually my shoulder. And I think tonight is the perfect time to tell everyone that Kieran Culkin beat the shit out of me.”

The camera then cut to Culkin in the audience, who was stone-faced … before finally cracking up laughing as Pascal read off the nominees.

Jennifer Coolidge Thanks All the Evil Gays

For the second year in a row, Coolidge has won an Emmy for her iconic performance as Tanya McQuoid in The White Lotus. In typical Jennifer Coolidge fashion, the actress took to the stage to deliver a hilarious acceptance speech.

Mike White, thank you for this… giving me this opportunity to play this incredible character,” she said, before adding: “He says I’m definitely dead so I’m going along with it.”

Unfortunately, Tanya’s story came to a gruesome end in The White Lotus season two finale – but Coolidge made sure to thank the culprits in her acceptance speech, too.

“I want to thank all the evil gays,” she said, prompting a big laugh from the audience by referencing one of Tanya’s most memorable lines from the HBO series: “These gays – they’re trying to murder me.”

RuPaul Reminded Everyone to Got to a Library and Let a Drag Queen Read Them a Book

RuPaul's Drag Race took home Best Reality Competition Program at this year's Emmys; it's the fifth win for the show in this category.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Drag Race team alongside fellow judges Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews, RuPaul took a moment to champion children's library events like Drag Story Hour that encourage diversity, creativity, and education, and which have been ludicrously and harmfully targeted by the far-right and conspiracy theorists.

“We are so honored to have this award,” RuPaul said onstage. “Listen, you guys are just pure lovely for honouring our show and recognizing all these queens. We have released into the wild hundreds of drag queens and they're beautiful. On behalf of all them, we thank you.”

“If a drag queen wants to read you a story at a library, listen to her because knowledge is power and if someone tries to restrict your access to power, they are trying to scare you, so listen to a drag queen.”

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Kieran Culkin Apparently Wants More Babies

Picking up his trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Succession, Kieran Culkin got choked up as he thanked his mom for “giving me life and a childhood, which was great, so thank you for that.”

He went on to thank his team, costars, and crew on the show before turning his attention to his wife, Jazz Charton.

“Thank you for sharing your life with me and giving me two amazing kids, Kinsey Sioux and Wilder Wold, I love you so many and so much,” he said, before concluding, “And, Jazz, I want more. You said maybe If I win!”

Good luck with that, Jazz!

An In Memoriam Full of Greats

The In Memoriam segment is always a tear-jerker, fans of both Matthew Perry and Friends were hit especially hard when the show's theme song was played.

Charlie Puth performed “See You Again” as names of fallen performers flashed across the screen before transitioning into the Friends theme song, the tribute ending with a final slide of Perry, who died on Oct. 28, 2023, after being found unconscious in his pool.


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