The Last of Us star became embroiled in an awards show controversy (Picture: Reuters/Aude Guerrucci)
The Emmy Awards took place on Sunday night in Los Angeles, with some of the biggest moments of the night including an emotional Grey’s Anatomy cast reunion and a ‘literal hell goblin’ haunting the audience.
The ceremony came just a day after the Critics’ Choice Awards, when The Last of Us star Bella read a joke on a teleprompter about West Side Story star Ariana which went down incredibly badly.
While presenting the award for best song with In The Heights’ Anthony Ramos, Bella, 20, listed indiviudals who are ‘actors who also think that they are singers’… including Ariana, 32, in that category.
Fans were enraged by the jibe, considering Ariana is a Broadway legend who was one of the original cast members of the musical Hamilton, who won the Oscar playing Anita in West Side Story and who was nominated for a Tony in 2018.
Ariana appeared to react to the insulting wisecrack on her Instagram Story, when she wrote: ‘No, I didn’t find it funny.’
In addition to sharing their fury over the jab, plenty of people also rushed to defend Bella, pointing out that they wouldn’t have written the joke themself when they read it off the teleprompter.
While the Game of Thrones star is yet to speak out about the awkward incident on social media, it appears that they and Ariana have spoken through the situation in person.
What a lovely moment (Picture: Chad Scott)
Emmy Awards 2024 – winners in full
Here is the full list of winners from the 2024 Emmys, from The Bear to Succession
Drama series – Succession
Comedy series – The Bear
Lead actress in a drama series – Sarah Snook, Succession
Lead actor in a drama series – Kieran Culkin, Succession
Limited or anthology series – Beef
Lead actress in a limited or anthology series or movie – Ali Wong, Beef
Lead actor in a limited or anthology series or movie – Steven Yeun, Beef
Variety special (live) – Elton John Live: Farewell from Dodger Stadium
Directing for a drama series – Mark Mylod, Succession
Writing for a limited or anthology series or movie – Lee Sung Jin, Beef
Writing for a drama series – Jesse Armstrong, Succession
Supporting actor in a limited or anthology series or movie – Paul Walter Hauser, Black Bird
Directing for a limited or anthology series or movie – Lee Sung Jin, Beef
Talk series – The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Writing for a variety series – Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Outstanding competition program – RuPaul’s Drag Race
Writing for a comedy series – Christopher Storer, The Bear
Directing for a comedy series – Christopher Storer, The Bear
Supporting actress in a limited or anthology series or movie – Niecy Nash-Betts, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
Scripted variety series – Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Lead actor in a comedy series – Jeremy Allen White, The Bear
Supporting actor in a comedy series – Ebon Moss-Bachrach, The Bear
Supporting actor in a drama series – Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
Supporting actress in a drama series – Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus
Lead actress in a comedy series – Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
Supporting actress in a comedy series – Ayo Edebiri, The Bear
As the Emmys took place, a picture circulated on social media of the pair hugging at the awards show, with one X user called Kristina commenting on response: ‘This is adorable…Bella wasn’t at fault for the “joke”.’
‘I mean it wasn’t their fault to be fair 😭 those writers set them up bad,’ Char added, while Robert wrote: ‘Great to see. The writers were to blame, not Bella.’
When the joke was made at the Critics’ Choice Awards, several people also expressed their view that Bella’s co-presenter Anthony should have spoken out, considering he starred in Hamilton and In The Heights with Ariana.
More fans reacted to Bella and Ariana’s heartfelt moment on Instagram, with one person called Claire saying that they ‘felt bad’ that Bella had to read the joke during theirpresenting stint.
Another called Karen stated: ‘I still can’t believe people bagged on Bella who was literally just reading a line given to them. Like it’s not their fault it’s the writer’s fault what the hell.’
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Fans were enraged by the awards show controversy.