The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards were filled with no shortage of surprising aspects, both in terms of the various performances and series that were awarded, and in the unexpected interactions between celebrities. One of the most bizarre — but praised — moments of the night came during the acceptance speech for Outstanding Live Variety Special, which went to Stephen Colbert's Election Night 2020: Democracy's Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020. As Colbert and the various writers and crew members went onstage to accept the award, they were joined by Conan O'Brien. O'Brien, who recently wrapped up his Conan talk show earlier this year, was nominated in other categories for the night, but he caught the most attention for his appearances elsewhere in the event.
O'Brien crashing Colbert's acceptance speech definitely caught a unique amount of attention, with fans quickly taking to Twitter to praise and express their befuddlement about it. Here are just a few of those reactions.
Stephen Colbert finally wins an #Emmy in the Late Show era, but for best live variety special from his election program. Love his reaction as Conan O'Brien jumps onstage: "most everyone on this stage deserves this Emmy award."— Eric Deggans at NPR (@Deggans) September 20, 2021
#Conan Going in on #FrankScherma at The #Emmys brought a little Light Back to where My Heart Use To Be. Thank You Cone.#Conan4President2024#TeamCOCO#KimmelisCrap#KillYourTellLieVision pic.twitter.com/ef5c66OlGk— Old Kinderhook (@CarlosKeith54) September 20, 2021
Conan crashed the stage. https://t.co/bcHYF33h6H— Stephanie Land (@stepville) September 20, 2021
Conan Being Conan
I cant tell if Conan O’Brien is drunk or if it’s just Conan being Conan— shoosh🕺🕺 (@shoooshibba) September 20, 2021