“Abbott Elementary” star and creator Quinta Brunson was in for a sweet surprise during “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”.
Brunson told Kimmel that the hit Global show was named after her sixth-grade teacher.
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“I got to talk to her recently,” Brunson said. “You did? Well, let’s talk to her again,” Kimmel replied, bringing up Ms. Abbott on a video call surprising Brunson.
Ms. Abbott praised Brunson and said how “very honoured” she was to have the show named after her.
“Quinta was an awesome student,” a misty-eyed Ms. Abbott said. “When she came into my class she was really shy, timid. But as I challenged all of my students, we had to speak in complete sentences. I built their confidence that whatever, you want in life you can do it. You have to work hard.”
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Lisa Ann Walter, Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Chris Perfetti and Sheryl Lee Ralph also star in the show about teachers trying their best at one of the worst public schools in Philadelphia.
“Abbott Elementary” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global.