Jennifer Coolidge Thanks The ‘Evil Gays’ In Her Emmys Acceptance Speech

By Charlie Colville

4 months ago

Plus, all the winners from the evening

Another weekend, another awards show – awards season is in full swing, and the latest prestigious ceremony took place last night with the 75th Emmy Awards. Celebrating the crème de la crème in TV entertainment, the night was a big one for the likes of SuccessionThe BearBeef and, everyone’s favourite holiday drama, The White Lotus. Here are all the highlights (and Emmy Award winners) you might have missed.

A Guide To Awards Season

Jennifer Coolidge Delivers Yet Another Iconic Speech At The Emmys

With two highly-acclaimed seasons under its belt (and a third on its way), The White Lotus has secured itself a place amongst TV royalty at this year’s awards season. Last year, the show bagged five Emmy Awards (making it the most decorated at the show) – and while this year it only secured one award amongst 12 nominations, that one landed rather deservedly in the hands of Jennifer Coolidge.

Coolidge, who plays the eccentric Tanya McQuoid, has experienced something of a career renaissance since stepping into the world of The White Lotus. But while the star did thank The White Lotus creator Mike White for giving her a spot on the show, there was one very important group she had to thank for her success: the ‘evil gays’. (For those who have yet to watch season two of The White Lotus, this is an inside joke from the show – not an inappropriate jab at the LGBTQ+ community.)

‘I want to thank all the evil gays,’ said Coolidge in her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress In A Drama Series. ‘I had a little dream in my little town and everyone said it was impractical and far-fetched, but it did happen after all – so don’t give up on your dream.’

The Bear, Succession & Beef Sweep The Emmys

As for the night’s major winners, quiet luxury trend-setter Succession and comedy chef drama The Bear led the awards with six major wins each, including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Comedy Series respectively.

Succession led the nominee count with 27 nominations in total (with 14 acting nominations, setting a tie with its record last year), also becoming the first series ever to receive three nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series.

Similarly, FX’s The Bear made a splash at the awards with 13 nominations and six major wins in total. This also marked Ayo Edebiri’s third acting award for the show this season, having previously won a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for her performance.

Breakout series Beef followed not too far behind with five wins, including Lead Actor and Lead Actress In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie which were awarded to Steven Yeun and Ali Wong – this accolade made Wong the first woman of Asian descent to win a lead acting Emmy.


Emmys 2024: The Winners

Drama Series

  • SuccessionWINNER
  • Andor
  • Better Call Saul
  • The Crown
  • House of the Dragon
  • The Last of Us
  • The White Lotus
  • Yellowjackets

Comedy Series

  • The BearWINNER
  • Abbott Elementary
  • Barry
  • Jury Duty
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Only Murders in the Building
  • Ted Lasso
  • Wednesday

Lead Actress In A Drama Series

  • Sarah Snook, SuccessionWINNER
  • Sharon Horgan, Bad Sisters
  • Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets
  • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Bella Ramsey, The Last of Us
  • Keri Russell, The Diplomat

Lead Actor In A Drama Series

  • Kieran Culkin, SuccessionWINNER
  • Jeff Bridges, The Old Man
  • Brian Cox, Succession
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Pedro Pascal, The Last of Us
  • Jeremy Strong, Succession

Limited Or Anthology Series

  • BeefWINNER
  • Monster: ​​The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
  • Daisy Jones & The Six
  • Fleishman Is in Trouble
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

Lead Actress In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie

  • Ali Wong, BeefWINNER
  • Lizzy Caplan, Fleishman Is in Trouble
  • Jessica Chastain, George & Tammy
  • Dominique Fishback, Swarm
  • Kathryn Hahn, Tiny Beautiful Things
  • Riley Keough, Daisy Jones & The Six

Lead Actor In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie

  • Steven Yeun, BeefWINNER
  • Taron Egerton, Black Bird
  • Kumail Nanjiani, Welcome to Chippendale’s
  • Evan Peters, Monster: ​​The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
  • Daniel Radcliffe, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
  • Michael Shannon, George and Tammy

Variety Special (Live)

  • Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium – WINNER
  • The Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show starring Rihanna
  • Chris Rock: Selective Outrage
  • The Oscars
  • 75th Annual Tony awards

Directing For A Drama Series

  • Mark Mylod, SuccessionWINNER
  • Benjamin Caron, Andor
  • Dearbhla Walsh, Bad Sisters
  • Peter Hoar, The Last of Us
  • Andrij Parekh, Succession
  • Lorene Scafaria, Succession
  • Mike White, The White Lotus

Writing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie

  • Lee Sung Jin, Beef WINNER
  • Joel Kim Booster, Fire Island
  • Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Fleishman Is in Trouble
  • Patrick Aison and Dan Trachtenberg, Prey
  • Janine Nabers and Donald Glover, Swarm
  • Al Yankovic and Eric Appel, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Writing For A Drama Series

  • Jesse Armstrong, SuccessionWINNER
  • Beau Willimon, Andor
  • Sharon Horgan, Dave Finkel and Brett Baer, Bad Sisters
  • Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul
  • Peter Gould, Better Call Saul
  • Craig Mazin, The Last of Us
  • Mike White, The White Lotus

Supporting Actor In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie

  • Paul Walter Hauser, Black BirdWINNER
  • Murray Bartlett, Welcome to Chippendales
  • Richard Jenkins, Monster: ​​The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
  • Joseph Lee, Beef
  • Ray Liotta, Black Bird
  • Young Mazino, Beef
  • Jesse Plemons, Love and Death

Directing For A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie

  • Lee Sung Jin, Beef WINNER
  • Jake Schreier, Beef
  • Carl Franklin, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
  • Paris Barclay, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
  • Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Fleishman Is in Trouble
  • Dan Trachtenberg, Prey

Talk Series

  • The Daily Show With Trevor NoahWINNER
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • The Problem With Jon Stewart

Writing For A Variety Series

  • Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – WINNER
  • The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
  • Late Night With Seth Meyers
  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Competition Program

  • RuPaul’s Drag RaceWINNER
  • The Amazing Race
  • Survivor
  • Top Chef
  • The Voice

Writing For A Comedy Series

  • Christopher Storer, The BearWINNER
  • Bill Hader, Barry
  • Mekki Leeper, Jury Duty
  • John Hoffman, Matteo Borghese and Rob Turbovsky, Only Murders in the Building
  • Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, The Other Two
  • Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly and Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Directing For A Comedy Series

  • Christopher Storer, The BearWINNER
  • Bill Hader, Barry
  • Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Mary Lou Belli, The Ms. Pat Show
  • Declan Lowney, Ted Lasso
  • Tim Burton, Wednesday

Supporting Actress In A Limited Or Anthology Series Or Movie

  • Niecy Nash-Betts, Monster: ​​The Jeffrey Dahmer Story – WINNER
  • Annaleigh Ashford, Welcome to Chippendale’s
  • Maria Bello, Beef
  • Claire Danes, Fleishman Is in Trouble
  • Juliette Lewis, Welcome to Chippendale’s
  • Camila Morrone, Daisy Jones and the Six
  • Merritt Wever, Tiny Beautiful Things

Scripted Variety Series

  • Last Week Tonight With John OliverWINNER
  • A Black Lady Sketch Show
  • Saturday Night Live

Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Jeremy Allen White, The Bear – WINNER
  • Bill Hader, Barry
  • Jason Segel, Shrinking
  • Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building
  • Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Ebon Moss-Bachrach, The Bear WINNER
  • Anthony Carrigan, Barry
  • Phil Dunster, Ted Lasso
  • Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
  • James Marsden, Jury Duty
  • Tyler James Williams, Abbott Elementary
  • Henry Winkler, Barry

Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

  • Matthew Macfadyen, Succession – WINNER
  • F Murray Abraham, The White Lotus
  • Nicholas Braun, Succession
  • Michael Imperioli, The White Lotus
  • Theo James, The White Lotus
  • Alan Ruck, Succession
  • Will Sharpe, The White Lotus
  • Alexander Skarsgård, Succession

Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

  • Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus – WINNER
  • Elizabeth Debicki, The Crown
  • Meghann Fahy, The White Lotus
  • Sabrina Impacciatore, The White Lotus
  • Aubrey Plaza, The White Lotus
  • Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul
  • J Smith-Cameron, Succession
  • Simona Tabasco, The White Lotus

Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

  • Quinta Brunson, Abbott ElementaryWINNER
  • Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • Natasha Lyonne, Poker Face
  • Jenna Ortega, Wednesday

Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

  • Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • Ayo Edebiri, The BearWINNER
  • Janelle James, Abbott Elementary
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph, Abbott Elementary
  • Juno Temple, Ted Lasso
  • Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso
  • Jessica Williams, Shrinking

Featured image: Jennifer Coolidge at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards, 2024 (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)