In one of the cheekier moment during Sunday’s Emmy Awards, presenter Thomas Lennon gave a “special shout-out” to past winner Felicity Huffman just days after the former “Desperate Housewives” star was sentenced to prison for her role in the college admissions cheating scandal.
“The producers have asked me to give a special shout-out to any of our previous Lead Actress winners who are watching tonight from prison — hopefully those two weeks are going to fly right by,” Lennon said after “Fleabag” star Phoebe Waller-Bridge pulled off a surprise win over Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.
“Keep your chin up!” Lennon added in an apparent reference to Huffman, who won in that same category in 2005 for the first season of “Desperate Housewives.”
Earlier this month, Judge Indira Talwani sentenced Huffman to 14 days in prison in a Boston federal court. Federal prosecutors had recommended a one-month sentence. In May, Huffman pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
Huffman must report to the Bureau of Prison on Oct. 25. After her two weeks, she is sentenced to one year of probation and must pay a $30,000 fine.
“I accept the court’s decision today without reservation,” Huffman said in a statement. “I have always been prepared to accept whatever punishment Judge Talwani imposed. I broke the law. I have admitted that and I pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period.”