Robert Guillaume

<b>The award:</b> Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, “Benson”<br>
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<b>The speech:</b> Some of the gossip surrounding the 1985 <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST000010" title="Emmy Awards" href="/topic/entertainment/television/emmy-awards-EVHST000010.topic">Emmys</a> was over <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001147" title="Bill Cosby" href="/topic/entertainment/television/bill-cosby-PECLB001147.topic">Bill Cosby</a>'s nomination, or lack thereof. Cosby, who at the time was portraying Cliff Huxtable in "The Cosby Show," had declined a nomination in that category because he did not want to compete with other actors. That night, Guillaume picked up his second win for playing Benson Du Bois (he'd previously won for playing the character on "Soap.")<br>
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<b>The quote:</b> "I'd like to thank Bill Cosby for not being here."
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The award: Outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, “Benson”

The speech: Some of the gossip surrounding the 1985 Emmys was over Bill Cosby's nomination, or lack thereof. Cosby, who at the time was portraying Cliff Huxtable in "The Cosby Show," had declined a nomination in that category because he did not want to compete with other actors. That night, Guillaume picked up his second win for playing Benson Du Bois (he'd previously won for playing the character on "Soap.")

The quote: "I'd like to thank Bill Cosby for not being here."

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