Bob Newhart's First Emmy Win Ends 50 Years of Losses

Bob Newhart's First Emmy Win Ends 50 Years of Losses

“You don't give an award to Bob for being Bob,” the iconic comedian told TheWrap

More than 50 years into a television career that has won him a Peabody Award, the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Award for American Humor and a spot in the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame, Bob Newhart has won his first Emmy Award.

Newhart was named Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series at the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday evening for his performance in “The Big Bang Theory” as a scientist who isn’t taken seriously because he appears on television.

The win came on only his seventh nomination; shockingly, he was never even nominated for “The Bob Newhart Show,” his classic sitcom that ran for six seasons between 1972 and 1978.

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“I just got tired of being passed over, so I didn’t submit myself anymore, so I didn’t have to go through the agony of defeat,” Newhart told TheWrap of that show. “And I could say to myself, ‘I would have won if I put my name in.’

“What I do doesn’t get awards. Being a standup comic, people see it as just Bob being Bob. You don’t give an award to Bob for being Bob.”

Over the years, Newhart was nominated for his 1961-62 variety series, also called “The Bob Newhart Show”; for his ‘80s sitcom “Newhart”; for his serious guest role on “ER”; and for the TV movie “The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice.”

He told TheWrap that he plans to return to “The Big Bang Theory” next season.

  • gues

    Wonderful. And so deserving.

  • https://twitter.com/MetroIssuesLou Metro Issues :: Louisville

    Good for Bob. He's definitely an American icon and treasure.

  • Jim

    This very day, today, September 16 back in 1972, “The Bob Newhart Show” debuted on CBS.

    Never won Emmy….and never gotta dinner….from Red Buttons.

  • Devin McMusters

    Best series finale ever….”Newhart.”