The Word: Why did Merrit Wever bolt at the Emmys?

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Merrit Wever won Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy last night at the Emmys, and her acceptance speech was one for the books. “Thank you so much,” she said. “Thank you so much. Um, I gotta go.” And then she went, as though the Emmy audience were a bad blind date and she was slipping out of a coffee shop.

What would lead an actress to shrug off her moment of glory without thanking everyone they’d ever met? Sounds like the “Nurse Jackie” star just had a good old-fashioned freakout. “It’s hard to do those,” she said backstage after the show, according to Variety. “I don’t know how to feel yet. …. I have therapy next week.”

So reporters should probably wait outside her therapist’s office if they want to finally hear her thank her publicist. Or we could all just agree her speech was awesome.

Apparently going for the EGOT of awards show hosting, Neil Patrick Harris returned for the second time to helming the Emmys. For those keeping track at home, he’s also led the Tonys four times, and emceed less esteemed ceremonies like the TV Land Awards, the Spike Video Game Awards and the World Magic Awards (plus “Saturday Night Live” — once). Check out Metro’s full recap.


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