Too soon? At the 2019 Emmy Awards, which took place on Sunday, September 22, at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, Thomas Lennon had a few things to say about Felicity Huffman’s prison sentence she recently received.
“The producers have asked me to give a special shout-out to any of our previous lead actress winners who are watching tonight from prison,” the 49-year-old actor said after RuPaul took home an award for Outstanding Reality Show. “Hopefully, those two weeks are gonna fly right by. Keep your chin up.” This year, the awards show decided to go hostless, but the comedian took over as a voice-over presenter and commentator. While Thomas didn’t say Felicity’s name, it was pretty obvious that he was talking about the Desperate Housewives actress.
On September 14, the 56-year-old was spotted for the first time with her husband, William H. Macy, in Los Angeles — just one day after the actress received her prison sentence for paying $15,000 for her 19-year-old daughter to boost her SAT scores. Huffman pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud back in April, and she was recently sentenced to 14 days in prison. Additionally, the Hollywood A-lister — she previously won an Emmy in 2005 for her role in the ABC series — was sentenced to one year of probation, and she has to complete 250 hours of community service as well as pay a $30,000 fine.
After the judge told her the sentence, Huffman accepted “the court’s decision without reservation,” she said in a statement. “I broke the law. I have admitted that, and I have pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period. I would like to apologize again to my daughter, my husband, my family and the educational community for my actions. And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.”
Huffman — who is the mom to two daughters: 19-year-old Sophia and 17-year-old Georgia — will report to prison on October 25. Despite breaking the law, it seems like Huffman is happy with the outcome. “Felicity is grateful she only received 14 days in prison,” an insider told Us Weekly. “The probation report was favorable for Felicity, but there were no guarantees that the judge could have sentenced to her a much longer term.”
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