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Bob Newhart finally wins his first Emmy
Sitcom legend's nod for 'Big Bang Theory' guest spot ends 50 years of losses

By Steve Pond
TheWrap

More than 50 years into a television career that has won him a Peabody Award, the Kennedy Centers Mark Twain Award for American Humor and a spot in the TV Academy's Hall of Fame, Bob Newhart has won his first Emmy Award.

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Newhart was named Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series at the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday evening for his performance in "The Big Bang Theory" as a scientist who isn't taken seriously because he appears on television.

The win came with only his seventh nomination; shockingly, he was never even nominated for "The Bob Newhart Show," his classic sitcom that ran for six seasons between 1972 and 1978.

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"I just got tired of being passed over, so I didn't submit myself anymore, so I didn't have to go through the agony of defeat," Newhart told TheWrap of that show. "And I could say to myself, I would have won if I put my name in."

"What I do doesn't get awards. Being a standup comic, people see it as just Bob being Bob. You don't give an award to Bob for being Bob."

Over the years, Newhart was nominated for his 1961-62 variety series, also called "The Bob Newhart Show;" for his 80's sitcom "Newhart;" for his serious guest role on "ER"; and for the TV movie "The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice."

He told TheWrap that he plans to return to "The Big Bang Theory" next season.

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39Comments
Sep 16, 2013 7:45AM
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Bob Newhart has deserved this for a very long time.  He has brought laughter and joy to many millions without crossing the line.  He's wonderful for 6 to 100.  What a guy he is!
Sep 16, 2013 7:52AM
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So glad to hear that Bob Newhart finally won an Emmy.  Loved his series - so funny, showing you didn't need swearing to make a show good.  Loved him on the Big Bang and so happy he will be returning.  He's one of the "good guys." 

Sep 16, 2013 7:54AM
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I just love Bob Newhart.  I was raised in the cit com generation of people and watched all of them.  Loved his shows and all the other ones that were on at that time.  That was television at it's finest moment in time.  No sex, violence, cursing, etc. and people still watched.  Wish some more would come back with that quality of acting.  That is why BIG BANG THEORY is such a success.  People want to be entertained, not disgusted.  I vote for less reality shows (get enough of that in real time), less violence and cursing and sex and more sit coms where people can escape the daily grind for a brief time.  Bet all the kids would be better behaved on a diet of good TV.
Sep 16, 2013 7:56AM
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Fantastic human being and great actor and comedian. He has entertained and made people laugh for many years. He is a man that should be honored over and over. The best to you Mr. Newhart.
Sep 16, 2013 8:00AM
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Bob Newhart wins his first Emmy, for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, for his performance in "The Big Bang Theory" as a scientist who isn't taken seriously because he appears on television.