- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

On her way to the Emmy Awards stage, winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus got waylaid by a pair of lips belonging to Bryan Cranston.

They shared a prolonged kiss as the audience applauded Louis-Dreyfus’ win as lead actress in a comedy series. She had to be led away from the “Breaking Bad” star by show host Seth Meyers.

“He went for it and I appreciate it,” a grinning Louis-Dreyfus said backstage.

She and Cranston had presented an award earlier in the evening, when she pretended she didn’t remember his appearance on “Seinfeld,” during which their characters dated and kissed.

Their Emmy smooch was part of that running gag, and Louis-Dreyfus explained that their respective spouses were OK with it.

“It’s not a question of why, but more a question of why not?” a cagey Cranston said backstage after winning for lead actor in a drama series.

Informed that their moment of passion was likely to go viral, he joked, “You’re saying that she has a virus that I wasn’t aware of?”

- Beth Harris: www.twitter.com/bethharrisap

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