Bates also remembered that in 1999, when she lost in an Oscars category that Williams presented, he said to her, "I really wish I could've had your name in the envelope. Are you OK? I know how hard it is to lose."
Bates told reporters, "He was so kind. This is a special night for that reason. I almost wanted to say, 'Look, I won this time, and this is for you.'"
-- Allison Janney pointed out that some of the attendees were wearing green ribbons in support of the battle against depression -- a condition from which Williams suffered. Janney, who won two Emmys this year, for her supporting role on the CBS sitcom “Mom” and for her guest-starring role on Showtime's “Masters of Sex,” remarked, "I dealt with it firsthand. I lost someone very dear to me. And everyone is feeling that."
-- While reveling in his Emmy win for outstanding variety series for “The Colbert Report,” Stephen Colbert refused to look ahead to next year, when he'll replace David Letterman on CBS' “Late Show.” He told reporters he's still working on his Comedy Central program through the end of the year, which, he stated, "takes 100 percent of my brain to get done, because I don't have the ability to think about this show and another show in the future, and I'm still really enjoying watching Dave right now."
-- Sarah Silverman drew attention to herself on the red carpet, when she claimed in an interview that she had brought liquid pot with her. She clarified the situation backstage: "I wasn't stoned. I had pot for later in my purse … It's legal and I don't drink. I like to have a puff as a treat at appropriate times." One can only wonder whether she lit up after the event to celebrate her Emmy victory for outstanding writing for a variety special, for “Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles.”
-- Jessica Lange maintained that she was "stunned" to be honored for her role in “American Horror Story: Coven.” She also said the next season of her FX show, which is subtitled “Freak Show,” will be the most "extraordinary" one yet. The new season will premiere October 8.
-- The FX program “Fargo” collected the Emmy for outstanding miniseries or movie. Executive producer Warren Littlefield called it the best moment of his life – not bad for a former NBC exec who was around for that network's "Must See TV" days.