TNT’s Ernie Johnson, who spoke with TVNewser back in February, won the 2015 Sports Emmy Award for best studio host last night. In a touching move, Johnson gave the award to the daughters of the late ESPN host Stuart Scott.
“As for this [the award], there is only one place it belongs and that’s on the mantel at Stuart Scott’s house,” Johnson said before calling up Scott’s daughters. “This is not for me.”
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the 36th annual Sports Emmy Awards at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Johnson’s gesture was the highlight of the night and many of the attendees took to social media to praise the TNT host for the act.
NBC Sports Group, which includes NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC, USA and nbcolympics.com combined for 17 awards, while ESPN’s family of networks (ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPNews) received 10.
NBC’s big winner was the XXII Olympic Winter Games, which took home seven awards. HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel won the Outstanding Sports Journalism category. Check out a complete list of winners here.
Johnson beat Scott, Bob Costas, Rich Eisen, Keith Olbermann and Matt Vasgersian in the studio host category, but he made sure Scott’s daughters had a nice souvenir. Check out the touching moment below: