Niecy Nash, Quinta Brunson and Ayo Edebiri Are Celebrated by Fellow Celebs Following Emmy Wins

The stars have been getting love from their celebrity peers following their wins during Monday night's awards show.

If Quinta BrunsonAyo Edebiri and Niecy Nash-Betts weren't feeling the love on Monday, they're certainly feeling it now!

The trio of Emmy-winning actors, who all nabbed their first Primetime Emmy acting awards during Monday night's Primetime Emmy Awards, have received a wave of well-wishes and appreciation from their celebrity peers on social media following their big wins.

Brunson, creator, writer, executive producer and star of ABC's beloved comedy series Abbott Elementary, earned the show's sole trophy of the night, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, and marked the second time a Black star has won the honor since The Jeffersons star Isabel Sanford won in 1981.

For her role as Sydney Adamu on The Bear, Edebiri became the third Black woman to win Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series category, a year after Abbott Elementary's Sheryl Lee Ralph became the second

Together, Brunson and Edebiri -- who are close friends and frequent collaborators -- became the first Black women to ever win Best Lead Actress and Supporting Actress in the same year.

Nash-Betts, who has previously opened up about being pigeonholed as a comedic actress, won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her role as Glenda Cleveland in Dahmer - Monster: The Jeffery Dahmer Story

The Reno 911! alum garnered raucous cheers when she took the stage and delivered one of the evening's most memorable speeches, thanking herself. 

"I want to thank me," she said as the crowd roared in applause. "For believing in me and doing what they said I could not do. And I want to say to myself in front of all you beautiful people -- go on, girl, with your bad self! You did that."

While speaking to ET, Nash-Betts shared why she chose to do that at the moment. 

"Because you know, a lot of times, people don't, and that's why it's not called mama-esteem and us-esteem, them-esteem. It's called self-esteem because don't nobody got to believe it but you," she said. "And I believed in myself because they were like, 'That is not your lane.' And I'm like. 'Oh yes it is.'"

While each actress was greeted by loving cheers when they accepted their awards, the praise didn't stop there. Stars like Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, America Ferrera and more took to the internet to give Edebiri, Brunson and Nash-Betts the recognition they deserve. 

Storm Reid, who also took home an Emmy for her guest spot on The Last of Us, took to her Instagram to share a collage of her and fellow Emmy winners Keke Palmer, Nash-Betts, Brunson and Edebiri, posted on X (formerly Twitter).

Storm Reid/Instagram

Nash-Betts' best friend, Sherri Shepherd, took to Instagram to share a video of her celebrating her milestone win. In the clip, the talk show host reacts to her friend's good news by screaming into the camera. 

"My best friend WON an @televisionacad #Emmy!!!!!!! @niecynash1 you are in a special class now! Sooo proud of the little girl who stood at the foot of the bed to make her Momma laugh! Love you Friend❤️❤️ #niecynash," she wrote alongside the clip.

Shepherd kept the celebration going, taking the time to give her bestie a shoutout during her daytime talk show. "I've known Niecy for over 30 years -- everybody's clapping but I've done heard this speech for the last 12 years," Shepherd joked. "Every time you talk to Niecy she in with, 'That's why it's not called mama-esteem and us-esteem, them-esteem. It's called self-esteem because you got to believe in you,' and I said, 'I'm just trying to figure out if we're going to Chipotle or The Cheesecake Factory.'"

"I am looking forward to the world seeing Niecy Nash-Betts because she's opened herself up to a new level," the host added. "It's no auditioning anymore, now it's people coming to her, going, 'I wrote this for you.' When I tell you now, she's in a special class and I'm so happy for her."

Union also took to her Instagram Story to share a clip of Nash-Betts' speech and a supportive caption.

"@niecynash, you already know," she wrote alongside a series of emojis. 

Gabrielle Union/Instagram

The Bring It On star also shared the collage of 2023's Black female Emmy winners originally posted on X (formerly Twitter), with a "PROUD" stamp and smiling cat emoji.

Gabrielle Union/Instagram Story

Washington shared a clip from Nash-Betts' speech to her Instagram Story as well, writing, "So many gems and truths dropped. Congrats, @niecynash!"

Kerry Washington/Instagram

The UnPrisoned star also congratulated Brunson on her Instagram Story, writing, "History was made last night. We're all so proud of you, @quintab."

Kerry Washington/Instagram

Mindy Kaling shared a graphic of Nash-Betts' viral speech to her Instagram Story with a supportive graphic that reads, "You did It!" 

Mindy Kaling/Instagram

America Ferrera shared a similar graphic of Brunson that boasted her historic win, writing, "Yes @quintab!!! Go go go!!!!" 

America Ferrera/Instagram

The Barbie star sent love to Nash-Betts as well, telling her followers on her Instagram Story that she watched the winner's speech, "60 times in a row!"

America Ferrera/Instagram

Amber Riley also praised Nash-Betts in her Instagram Story, writing, "This one felt special! You go on with [ya] baaaaaaad self."

Amber Riley/Instagram

"I feel so affirmed by my peer group," Nash-Betts told ET of all the support she got in and out of the room. "I feel fully seen in the moment. I really do."

The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards, originally set to take place last September, was postponed due to the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. Hosted by Anthony Anderson at L.A. Live's Peacock Theater in Los Angeles, the ceremony aired live Monday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. PT, 8 p.m. ET on Fox, and will be streamed Tuesday, Jan. 16 on Hulu. Keep checking for complete Emmys coverage and for the full winners' list.


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