Bob Newhart won his first Emmy for "Big Bang Theory".
Bob Newhart won his first Emmy for “Big Bang Theory”.
Newhart has an illustrious career of more than 50 years. The TV legend, 84, received his first Emmy award for the guest role he did on the CBS sitcom as Professor Proton.
Newhart has been a household name for more than five decades now, but it took him such a long time to be honoured with the greatest award for television. Newhart was given the Emmy in the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series category on Sunday.
It was Newhart's humility that won hearts after he had talked with journalists backstage. He said that he had always lost to better people. Even though he was nominated for a number of times, he did not win the Emmy so far. He was never bitter about his multiple setbacks on the award ceremony.
Newhart was nominated for 6 times before this and lost in all of them. On the other hand, Newhart called himself "totally unprepared" for the people giving him a standing ovation. He also poured his heart out as he spoke to the journalists. He said that he had somehow come to a conclusion that his work was not meant to receive awards. He thought that this time also the "better people" would win it against him.
Newhart promised that he would make a comeback in the CBS sitcom this year being Professor Proton. However, he did not deny possibilities of making a comeback as a different character as well. He said that it would depend on the writing team and the executive producer.
Newhart considers The Big Bang Theory as the most efficiently written show on TV. Even though this is the first time Newhart won the Emmy, he is no stranger to awards. He won 3 Grammy awards in 1961. He was also placed among the "50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time" by TV Guide in 1996. He received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2002 as well.
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