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John Adams Writer Kirk Ellis Talks About Being Cut Off at the Emmys

Live From the Emmy Press Room: Kirk Ellis

John Adams writer/producer Kirk Ellis just came by the Emmy press room to talk about what happened when his acceptance speech got cut off in favor of a reality show award promo.

"As soon as I got up there and opened my mouth, they were already flashing the 'wrap it up'," he said. "I find it really interesting that we can have 30 minutes of the show devoted to reality show hosts, when the people who actually create the work don't get enough time to talk." (He got a lot of applause in the press room for that line.)

As for what he was going to say? Ellis wanted to talk about how in the time of John Adams, the word was primary. "We have to listen to a lot of bloviating from pundits in this silly election season about whether words matter and rhetoric matters," he said. "Of course words matter. They always matter. We have to listen to what they have to say."


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