Sterling K. Brown’s big moment at the Emmy’s Sunday night was cut short when the music started playing during his acceptance speech, drawing loud boos from the audience.
The This is Us star wins for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for the first time since Andre Braugher in 1998 for Homicide: Life on the Street.
“I just want to say, Mr. Braugher, whether it’s at Stanford University or on this Emmys stage, it is my supreme honor to follow in your footsteps,” Brown said on stage, seconds before the music began playing.
“You can play, you can play. Nobody got that loud music. Our writers, I love you. You are our life’s blood. Our producers and directors, I love you,” he added.
The actor remained on stage to continue speech, but the camera pulled way back and the sound was cut from his mic.
Thankfully, the star of This Is Us” got a chance to finish his speech in full backstage, where cameras were rolling.
“I wanted to thank our writers,” he said. “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 our directors, in particular, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, and the crazy cool Ken Olin, 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. I love him for taking me on this journey.”
He added, “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.”
Brown also would have thanked his wife, actress Ryan Michelle Bathe. “To my wife — they cut me off before I got to thank my wife. 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… Daddy loves you with the strength of a thousand suns. I’ll see you Monday after work. Thank you,” he said.