- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

Stars react to Thursday’s 68th Primetime Emmy nominations:

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“I did not expect it, and I wasn’t going to sit around expecting it. I was going to carry on with my life because we’re in the second season here of a really off-beat show.” - “Better Call Saul” star Bob Odenkirk, who was walking his dog when he found out he was up for leading actor in a drama series.

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“We celebrated by opening a bottle of Dom Perignon with a sword. It’s called sabrage. It got half a bottle of champagne all over my office furniture, but it does work.” - Gareth Neame, executive producer of “Downton Abbey,” which is nominated for 10 awards.

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“I’ve already won … a complimentary round-trip flight to Los Angeles, plus accommodations!” - Ellie Kemper, up for comedy series lead actress for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

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“I was actually going to meet my wife today, and I forgot that the trash wasn’t taken out, so I had to turn around and move the trash cans down to the street. That’s when the phone rang.” - Kyle Chandler on his not-so-glamorous way of learning he was up for a leading actor in a drama for “Bloodline.”

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“I’m driving today from Long Island to Washington, D.C. My father told me to be careful. I told him I definitely wouldn’t be falling asleep at the wheel.” - Michael Kelly, nominated as drama series supporting actor for “House of Cards.”

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“I tried to be as cool as possible.” - Sterling K. Brown, nominated for supporting limited series actor for “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

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“It looked like a tiny baby infant got a hold of my phone.” - Sarah Paulson, nominated for leading limited series actresses for “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” on texting co-star and fellow nominee Sterling K. Brown.

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“I’m going to the gynecologist, which I think is fitting in a weird way.” - first-time nominee Marti Noxon for outstanding writing for a drama series for “UnReal.”

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“It was very exciting. I actually ended up over salting my egg because I was so nervous.” - “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” director Anthony Hemingway on spoiling his breakfast after hearing he was up for outstanding direction for a limited series.

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“I would have a REGOT because I already have a Razzie for ‘Newsies,’ but you know, for ‘Newsies’ you carry that like a badge of honor.” - “Galavant” composer Alan Menken on the possibility of becoming an EGOT, winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

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“When I get home to Jersey, maybe my wife and I will celebrate, but it’s all work and no play when I’m out in California.” - Andrew Braugher, nominated as supporting actor in a comedy series for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”


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