Christina Applegate's Inspiring Emmys Moment Despite MS Challenge

Published January 16, 2024

During the 2023 Emmy Awards, a moment that stood out for many was the emotional and powerful reaction received by actress Christina Applegate. When Applegate made her way onto the stage, the audience delivered a rousing standing ovation, acknowledging her strength and courage in the face of adversity.

Brave Presentation at the Emmys

At 52, Christina Applegate made a surprise appearance at the Emmys to present the award for 'Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series', which went to Ayo Edebiri of The Bear. In 2021, Applegate was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), and at the Emmys, she graced the stage with the aid of a cane. Dressed in a stunning crimson-colored velvet gown designed by Christian Siriano, Applegate's entrance was escorted by Emmys host Anthony Anderson to Frank Sinatra's iconic tune Love and Marriage.

As she joined Anderson on stage, Applegate initially covered her face, overwhelmed by the audience's cheers. Despite the heavy emotion, she exhibited her trademark sense of humor, commenting on the crowd's standing ovation as 'shaming me with disability.' Applegate has been transparent about her experience with MS, which has at times necessitated the use of a wheelchair, in addition to the cane, to manage the degenerative impacts of the disease.

Combating MS with Humor

Applegate maintained her composure and wit throughout her appearance, even making a quip about her physique not being a result of using Ozempic, a weight-loss drug popular among celebrities. Her spirited remarks and jokes continued to spur applause, to which she playfully responded, 'We don't have to applaud every time I do something.'

While nominated for an Emmy for 'Best Lead Actress in a Comedy' for her role in Dead to Me, Applegate didn't win this time, with the award going to Quinta Brunson from Abbott Elementary. Christian Siriano, expressing his admiration for Applegate, shared warm thoughts on social media about her perseverance and strength in facing MS.

The audience's reaction and the honor bestowed upon her at the Emmys suggest a cherished recognition of Applegate's enduring legacy in television and film. Having hinted at a potential exit from acting due to her MS diagnosis, Applegate is exploring future roles behind the scenes, potentially as a producer or voice actor.

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