Why Aziz Ansari ran off stage after winning an Emmy for Master of None: The speech that wasn't
If you’ve been watching Master Of None long enough, you know that a few minutes is all it takes for Aziz Ansari to leave you in splits. And that’s exactly what the famed writer-comedian did at the 68th Primetime Annual Emmy Awards 2016, which was held at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles on 18 September, Sunday (Monday morning IST).
Ansari and Master Of None’s co-creator Alan Yang received the award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for the episode Parents, which even featured Ansari’s real-life parents. The two walked up on stage to receive the award and Yang kicked off the acceptance speech. Speaking at length about the representation of Asian Americans in Hollywood, Yang said, “There are about 17 million Asian Americans in the U.S. as well as 17 million Italian Americans. They have The Godfather, Rocky, Goodfellas, The Sopranos…We have Long Duk Dong (referring to the character in Sixteen Candles). We got a long way to go, but I know we can get there.”
While Yang had a point to put across, unfortunately for Ansari, his speech ran a tad too long. As soon as Ansari took to the mic to deliver his share of the acceptance speech, the cut-off music started playing. A surprised Ansari dashed off the stage, but not before joking, “You guys are in trouble!” as Yang and the presenters looked on.
However, for those who rued over Ansari not being able to give his speech, there’s good news. Ansari did steal a moment to offer his gratitude to his parents for the award. While presenting the award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special, Ansari said, “That was a little weird, earlier. I just wanted to thank my parents who are here. They inspired that episode, and they acted in the show too. My dad is very upset about his snub but he’ll be okay.”
Ansari even shared a picture of his parents from the big night on his Instagram handle. He captioned it, “Just wanted to thank these guys for giving me everything and more! #Emmy”