The 9 Best Moments from the 75th Annual Emmy Awards

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We came for the fash-un. We stayed for the winners. And with so many stacked categories, we had high expectations for the 75th annual Emmy Awards. Lucky for us, it didn’t disappoint. From Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's unforgettable bit to Niecy Nash Betts's moving acceptance speech, here are the nine best moments of the night.

1. The Standing Ovation for Christina Applegate

The comedic genius got a (well-deserved) standing ovation when she stepped out to present the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. The star got emotional as she thanked the crowd and, as we'd all expect, generated plenty of laughs by slipping in a few jokes.

She said, "Thank you so much! Oh my God! You're totally shaming me [and my] disability by standing up," she said. "Body not by Ozempic," she added, referring to the popular weight loss drug. 

2. And for Marla Gibbs 

The incomparable Marla Gibbs, aka Florence Johnston from The Jeffersons, also got plenty of love from the crowd when she walked out with Quinta Brunson to present the award for Supporting Actress in a Limited Anthology Series or Movie.

After Brunson commended her for her decades-long career, Gibbs quipped, "That's easy, baby: [it's because of] the wage gap." She mentioned that she'd have to work "20 more years" before she could retire, and even hinted that she'd be open to taking a role on Abbott Elementary. TBH, we'd love to see it.

3. Jennifer Coolidge Thanking All the Evil Gays

Not surprisingly, Coolidge scored her second Emmy win for her performance as Tanya McQuoid on The White Lotus. After setting her trophy down, she made sure to thank the director, the producer and, most of all, the Evil Gays, which refers to her famous line from the season two finale.

4. Katherine Heigl Reuniting with the Grey's Anatomy Cast

Grey's Anatomy fans were stoked to see Heigl join her former cast mates, Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, James Pickens Jr. and Chandra Wilson, on stage nearly two decades after the show's premiere.

"When the first episode of Grey's Anatomy aired in March 2005, I'm not sure Shonda Rhimes knew that she had created a show that will have a lasting influence on television and create lifelong friendships," Pompeo said.

Wilson added, "You stayed with us through plane crashes, super storms, earthquakes and a global pandemic. And as we start our 20th season, we are officially the longest-running primetime medical drama in TV history."

5. Niecy Nash Betts's Powerful Acceptance Speech

Nash Betts is officially one step closer to reaching EGOT status with her Emmy win for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. In her moving speech, she said, "I want to thank me—for believing in me and doing what they said I could not do. And I want to say to myself in front of all these beautiful people, ‘Go on girl with your bad self. You did that.’"

6. The I Love Lucy Tribute

Seeing Tracee Ellis Ross and Natasha Lyonne recreate the most iconic I Love Lucy scene on the Emmys stage was easily one of the biggest highlights of this nostalgia-filled night. While the duo played Lucy and Ethel, the host, Anthony Anderson, took on the role of the employer and they all nailed it.

7. And the Martin Reunion

Fans on social media got super nostalgic when they saw Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Carl Anthony Payne II and Tichina Arnold sitting in a replica of the famous sitcom's living room set. (We know we're not the only ones who half expected Bruh-man to sneak out onto the stage...)

8. Tina Fey & Amy Poehler's Bit

It's no secret that these two ladies are a dynamic duo. The former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update co-hosts reunited to present the award for Outstanding Live Variety Special, and it was nothing short of brilliant.

The most memorable line? When Fey joked, "We’ve reached the stage in life where we’ll only present awards sitting down."

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9. And Kieran Culkin Announcing He Wants More Kids

The Succession star won the Emmy Award for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series, and while he took the time to thank his team, he made sure to include a special announcement—one that involves potentially growing his family of four.

At the end of his speech, he thanked his wife, Jazz Charton, for her support and said, "Thank you for sharing your life with me and giving me two amazing kids. And Jazz, I want more. You said maybe if I win. I love you so much. Thank you."

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