Merritt Wever didn’t give a speech, or barely did, when her work on “Nurse Jackie” won her the hardware as the outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series at the Primetime Emmys on Sunday at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday. It was arguably one of the shortest and strangest words of acceptance to be uttered at the awards show, which has been going on for 65 years.
Wever was in a category with Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler in “The Big Bang Theory,” Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester in “Glee,” Sofia Vergara as Gloria Pritchett in “Modern Family,” Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy in “Modern Family” and Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer in “Veep.” She had a strange look on her face when she was announced the winner.
If a smile ran across the 33-year-old star’s face, the cameras didn’t catch it. She clunked up to the stage where she uttered: “Oh, my God. Thank you. Thanks so much. Thank you so much. I’ve got to go. Bye.”
The audience laughed, probably thinking it was a joke, but began to applaud once the “Nurse Jackie” star exited the stage. Host Neil Patrick Harris quipped, “Merritt Wever, best speech ever.”
The quick speech was all due to nerves, Wever told members of the press offstage, according to Entertainment Weekly. “It’s hard to do those,” she said. “I’m scared. I’m scared. It was unexpected. I don’t know how to feel yet. I mean, I have therapy next week.”
The celebrity-news site added that she thanked co-star Eddie Falco and the show’s network Showtime as she most likely attempted to make up for her nonspeech that got everyone talking. Check out what Twitter users had to say:
Can we please get a standing ovation for #MerrittWever, because she is my hero.
— Kimberly Utschig (@newyork_to_chi) September 23, 2013
Merritt Wever best speech ever for a boring show.
— Andrew Platt (@plat2663) September 23, 2013
Best #Emmys win speeches: 1 "I gotta go, bye" (Merritt Wever), 2 Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 3 "Well, crap" (Jeff Daniels).
— Geoff Herbert (@deafgeoff) September 23, 2013
See her "speech" at the bottom: