Twenty-three years after the iconic Newhart show left the air, Bob Newhart was finally awarded his first Emmy at Sunday's Primetime Creative Arts Emmys on his seventh nomination. The groundbreaking comedian and actor discussed the much-deserved triumph in an interview with Chuck Lorre.
Being partly responsible for Newhart's win, Lorre seemed the ideal choice for the interview. Himself a seven-time Emmy nominee, Lorre is the co-creator and executive producer for The Big Bang Theory, where Newhart gave his Emmy-winning guest appearance as Professor Proton -- Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Leonard's (Johnny Galecki) childhood hero.
The 84-year-old actor revealed the nerves he felt going into the ceremony, saying that he thought to himself, "If I don't win it this time, I'm not ever going to go through this process again."
After hearing his name called, Newhart was ecstatic to finally receive the award, but it was the standing ovation from the audience that brought him to tears.
Newhart had a similar situation his first day on The Big Bang set. The live audience watching the taping had no idea that Newhart would be in the show, and his reveal prompted an ovation so long that the crew paused shooting to wait for the excitement to die down.
The seventh season of The Big Bang Theory bows September 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. And be sure to check out the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.