Billy Porter vehemently denied claims he was giving RuPaul some serious side-eye at the Emmys as he spoke to reporters after his big win Sunday.
Porter, who became the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Pray Tell in “Pose”, became a meme due to his blank expression during RuPaul’s speech.
However, he insisted in the press room: “Let me make this clear right now in this room to everybody. Right now. There was never a side-eye coming from me.”
“There’s never anything negative coming from me. You’re never going to get from it. Okay. It’s all love, all love, it’s all positivity. Don’t come to me with that mess.”
“They can catch me and it can look like a side-eye, [but] RuPaul is a friend of mine. I am so proud of him. I stand on his shoulders. I stand on his shoulders. He is doing it. He paved the way for me, so there’s never a side-eye about that.”
RuPaul took home the award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program for “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Sunday. See more from his speech in the video below.