Sterling K. Brown won big on Sunday night at the Emmys, but unfortunately, the This Is Us star was played off before he could finish his speech. Brown welcomed the opportunity to finish that speech backstage after the show.
“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 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.
Watch the speech below.
Brown’s win was one of two for the hit NBC drama’s freshman year. Gerald McRaney picked up the award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a drama last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys.
This Is Us returns September 26 at 9 p.m. on NBC.