“There’s a script I’ll be doing in October, and I’m pretty sure I play Professor Proton in that,” Newhart said backstage after accepting his award. “But he might have given up his science thing. That’s up to Chuck [Lorre] and the writing team.”
As for not winning an Emmy in over 50 years of performing, Newhart had an logical and reasonable answer as to why Sunday marked his first award.
“There were a couple years where I didn’t submit my name,” Newhart said. “I just felt that the kind of stuff I do doesn’t win awards. And I didn’t really want to go through the process and the disappointment. So maybe for six years, three of ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ and three of ‘Newhart,’ I didn’t bother submitting my name. That way I could sit at home and say, ‘I would have won.’ The best answer is really, the years I was nominated, there were better people in the category than me. You could try to put it another way, but that’s the truth.”
Finally winning the Emmy wasn’t Newhart’s biggest moment of the night – it was the standing ovation he received from the crowd while accepting the award. “The standing ovation tonight really threw me,” Newhart said. “I was totally unprepared for that. This is from your peers.”