- Associated Press - Thursday, July 10, 2014

Stars react to nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, announced Thursday in Los Angeles:

- “If the phone rings, I completely forget what’s going on. I think someone is in trouble, someone is in jail, I’m in trouble, what could possibly be wrong? I immediately go to that place, and it’s my publicist saying congratulations. I go to the dark place. - Matt LeBlanc on getting the early-morning call with news of his nomination for lead actor in a comedy series for Showtime’s “Episodes.”

- “I was lying in bed with my son and I was thinking I shouldn’t scream and wake him up but I need to scream and wake him up. So I did and he put the pillow over his head.” - Minnie Driver on how she responded to her lead actress nomination for “Return to Zero.”

- “I am over the moon. I cannot wait to fly to LA to see Louis CK win.” - Ricky Gervais on his lead actor in a comedy nomination for “Derek.”

- “If I celebrate today, it would be probably simply going out to dinner, which I know probably doesn’t sound that thrilling to most people, but for me it really is a lovely day. I love going out to dinner. There is also the chance that the celebration takes place by lying in bed playing Candy Crush and reading, which also makes me very happy.” - Jim Parsons on how he plans to celebrate his two Emmy nods: Lead actor in a comedy for “The Big Bang Theory” and supporting actor in a miniseries or movie for HBO’s “The Normal Heart.”

- “I’m thrilled and a bit shocked to be nominated. And when I look at the other nominations I’m humbled. But I’ve always felt that liver failure brought on by acute alcoholism could be really, really funny.” - William H. Macy, nominated for lead actor in a comedy series for playing a drunk dad on “Shameless.”

- “It’s a wonderful acknowledgement, a beautiful recognition, but what they’re really saying is Jenji Kohan is a genius, and Kate Mulgrew fell in love with that character and they all got married!” - Kate Mulgrew on her supporting actress nomination for Red in “Orange Is the New Black,” created by Kohan.

- “I’ve been texting with (fellow nominee) Jesse Tyler Ferguson already this morning and we’ve been talking about it. We were talking about Champagne and he said, ‘It is a protein, right?’” - Cat Deeley on her plans to celebrate her nomination for reality-competition host.

- “So happy with these nominations. This breaks my ‘I can’t believe what happened to Brazil’ funk.” - Billy Crystal on his three nominations for “700 Sundays.”

- “It’ll be a thrill for me to be there for the first time. I don’t get out much. I imagine in August it’ll be about the only place I go outside the house.” - Billy Bob Thornton, on his first Emmy nomination, for his work in “Fargo.”

- “Maybe I’ll just come in three hours late.” - Jon Voight joking about how he’ll celebrate his supporting actor nomination for “Ray Donovan,” which is shooting now.

- “I played princesses all day long. That was my morning.” - Colin Hanks, whose two young daughters are unimpressed by his supporting actor nomination for “Fargo.”

- “For once, the Parents’ Television Council sent me a gift basket WITHOUT a cobra at the bottom.” - Seth MacFarlane on the 12 nominations earned by “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey,” which he executive produced.


AP Entertainment Writers Derrik J. Lang and Sandy Cohen in Los Angeles and Lauri Neff in New York contributed to this report.

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