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Kristin Chenoweth's Emmy night, the good and bad

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 22nd 2009 9:00AM
kristin_chenoweth_emmys_2009The good news is the Kristen Chenoweth won an Emmy Sunday night. But the bad news is the she was so ill backstage she needed to be checked out by paramedics. Here's what happened.

Early during the Primetime Emmys, when Kristin's name was announced for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy, I don't know about you, but I let out a whoop! She won for Pushing Daisies, a show – as she pointed out in her tear-filled speech – was no longer on the air. At least one of the fine actors on that wonderful, fanciful show was recognized!

However, I was really surprised to see Kristin so overcome with emotion when she accepted the Emmy. I don't ever remember her acting that way, not when she won the Tony award for You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and not in any other appearances. I've also interviewed her, and while a completely different set of circumstances, she didn't seem like the type to be overwhelmed with emotion like that. Kristin's a pro in every sense of the word.

Well, today comes the news that Kristin had to be treated by paramedics backstage for a severe migraine headache. (And if you know anything about sufferers of migraines, you know it's serious). Backstage, Kristin was overcome with nausea and pain. The medical staff forced her to lie down on a gurney and didn't leave her side until she was feeling better.

I wonder now if she was beginning to feel the pain when she was on stage and the emotional outburst was part of the migraine. It sure would explain the waterworks.

Of course, even as she was bawling, she got off a great line, saying that since she was currently unemployed, she would like to work on Mad Men!

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Michelle L

So glad she won! She really deserved the award. I don't know about everyone else, but ABC has been so cancel crazy with my favorite shows that this year, I refuse to watch anything new on ABC. There are a few shows that look interesting, but I refuse to devote time to watching these shows, only to be heartbroken when they are cancelled.

September 22 2009 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Chenoweth has discussed her struggles with an incredibly unpleasant inner ear disorder known as Ménière's disease:

September 22 2009 at 12:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe this award will encourage ABC - or any other network - to pick up Pushing Daisies.

September 22 2009 at 11:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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