Congratulations to Jerrod Carmichael on his first Emmy win!
Carmichael picked up the Emmy tonight for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for his special Rothaniel. This is his first Emmy.
\u201cThe #Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special goes to Jerrod Carmichael for Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel (@HBO/@HBOMax)! Congratulations! \ud83d\udcab #Emmys #Emmys2022\u201d
— Television Academy (@Television Academy)
"I wanted to win, I'm happy I won," Carmichael said in his speech. "I made something that was of great personal consequence to me, and this definitely contributes to the meaning of it."
He finished the speech by saying that he was going home, "I'm not like a sore winner, but I'm gonna go home because I can't top this!"
Carmichael came out as gay during the special, which came out earlier this year.
"After that was out in the open, I was left alone feeling like a liar, because I had a secret," the comedian said in a section about how he caught his father cheating on his mother and realized he also had a secret of his own. "One that I kept from my father, my mother, my family, my friends, and you. Professionally, personally. And the secret is that I'm gay."
"I'm accepting the love, I really appreciate the love. My ego wants to rebel against it. I rebelled against it my whole life. I thought I'd never, ever come out. At many points I thought I'd rather die than confront the truth of that, to actually say it to people. Because I know it changes some people's perceptions of me. I can't control that."
Carmichael beat out Ali Wong, Nicole Byer, Norm Macdonald, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Presents Jordan Klepper Fingers the Globe - Hungary for Democracy.
Last year's winner was Bo Burnham for his Netflix special Bo Burnham: Inside. Dave Chappelle had won in 2020, and Hanna Gadsby won in 2019 for Nanette.