Donald Glover's white alter ego on Atlanta — who is also easily the creepiest character on the series — was part of the audience at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. Looks like Teddy Perkins is alive and kicking! On the show, it is heavily speculated that it's Glover (in whiteface) playing the reclusive pop star, but the actor has never confirmed.
Eagle-eyed fans noticed the character when Bill Hader won the Emmy for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series — an award Glover was also nominated for. The Michael Jackson-esque character gave Hader a hug, and people are assuming it was indeed Glover under the heavy makeup.
A few moments later, the real Glover appeared in the crowd, and everyone lost their minds because... what?!
We may never know if it was Glover, Lakeith Stanfield, or someone else who came as Teddy Perkins, but this is proof you don't have to win an Emmy in order to win the night.
Glover has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series — all for his FX series, Atlanta. In 2017, he won the Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series for the show.
In 2017, it was announced Glover would voice Simba in Disney's upcoming live-action Lion King.
"We started recording some stuff and it's, you know, it's a little intimidating," Glover told Entertainment Tonight. "[At least] from my point of view. Just hearing her do it, it's been like, 'Man, this is a really special thing.'"
He was such a big fan of the original movie that when Disney gave him lyrics for the musical numbers, he was already prepared.
"Everybody who's involved is a fan, and everybody who's involved knows it really well," Glover said. "They're like, 'So here are the lyrics,' and I'm like, 'I know the lyrics! Don't worry.' I was in fourth grade when this came out."
Catch Glover in The Lion King July 19, 2019.
The 70th annual Emmy Awards will be held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 17, 2018. SNL's Michael Che and Colin Jost will host the festivities, and actors Samira Wiley and Ryan Eggold announced this year's nominations on July 12. The Handmaid's Tale stars Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski, and Alexis Bledel were all up for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, while Game of Thrones and Westworld are the most-nominated dramas of the year.