You can’t plan something like this because I’m a nominee. It’s not like I know I’m going to be up there. This could have been anywhere but the fact that this happened in this way, it’s wonderful.
The Emmy’s always has some great TV moments, whether that be from funny jokes told by presenters, deserving wins or a great opening song. But the 2018 Emmys gave us something extra special – we got an Emmy proposal live onstage!
The award show was running smoothly and the next category was for ‘Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special‘. Here is where Glenn Weiss won for his directing work for The Oscars.
Glenn went onstage to collect his Emmy and thank those who helped out. So far, it was pretty standard. But after he had thanked those he worked with, he then told the audience a short story about his mother who was his biggest supporter.
Sadly, Glenn’s mother passed away 2 weeks ago but he said he was happy that he still got to have his girlfriend, Jan Svendsen, share the moment with him as another important woman in his life. Glenn’s mother was very fond of Jan and she loved the relationship her son had with her.
Mom always believed in finding the sunshine in things and she adored my girlfriend Jan. Jan, you are the sunshine in my life… And mom was right, don’t ever let go of your sunshine.
But Glenn wasn’t quite finished just yet. He then continued to say:
You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend… Because I want to call you my wife.
Immediately, the whole theatre erupted into applause. Were we all about to witness an Emmy proposal on live television?
Jan couldn’t believe it, she was so stunned by what she just heard, as were we all! In fact, I think everybody who watched this reacted exactly the same as Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones:
Glenn was pretty choked up at this moment. But through the screams, people convinced Jan to go onstage to Glenn. He then joked shouting, “I didn’t ask yet!”
As Jan got to the stage, Glenn told the audience that the ring he was proposing with was the ring his father proposed to his mother with, 67 years ago.
To my sisters and brothers, I didn’t swipe it! Dad knows I have it, okay.
Now, normally I’m not a fan of public proposals. But this has to be one of the most touching proposals we’ve ever seen. There was something pure and real about Glenn’s proposal. It didn’t feel planned or staged, it was just a whirlwind moment that was very sweet.
Backstage, Glenn told reporters what was going on in his head.
It’s been an interesting couple of weeks in my life and it became a thought and the thought picked up steam as we got here. It was just a really magical moment. My mom would always say she’s my friend first, that’s what makes it feel bittersweet but very nice.
Backstage, Jan proudly showed off her new finger bling to the reporters, “This was his mother’s ring. This to me is probably more meaningful than anything else. I’m just so honored that I get to have it on right now.”
But what would have happened if Glenn hadn’t won the Emmy?
The director assured everyone that the proposal would have still happened, but this Emmy proposal opportunity was too good to miss. Glenn joked that he would have waited next year or proposed at In-N-Out “which is our staple after award shows.”
Bravo Glenn, you really have stolen the hearts of the internet while bagging yourself an Emmy. Though many people may not have known who you are, the whole world does now! Who would have thought an Emmy proposal could have been so sweet?
Congratulations to the happy couple and may you have a prosperous life… We know your mom would be very proud.
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