The 'Dead To Me' actress received overwhelming support from her peers in the industry as she went ahead to make a joke about Ozempic as well.
Christina Applegate has been an actress and a warrior battling multiple sclerosis for a while now. The 52-year-old actress who is most popular for her stint on television as Kelly Bundy on "Married with Children" walked onstage during the 75th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards which was hosted at Peacock Theater in Los Angeles. She was greeted with a standing ovation from the audience. Applegate strolled in with a cane to support herself as she presented the awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, reports PEOPLE.
The ceremony's host Anthony Anderson lent his arm to escort Applegate on stage as well. Applegate had publicly revealed her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 2021 and she was instantly emotional when she saw the audience up on their feet. "Thank you so much! Oh my God! You're totally shaming me and my disability by standing up," she joked, earning hearty laughter from the Emmy audience. "Body not by Ozempic," Applegate added, referring to the popular weight loss drug in recent times.
"Some of you may know me as Kelly Bundy from Married with Children. We don't have to applaud every time I do something. I'm going to cry more than I've been crying," she recalled, looking back at her screen debut in a 1972 episode of "Days of Our Lives." Even though Applegate was a nominee herself for her role in Netflix's "Dead to Me", the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series went to "Abbott Elementary's" Quinta Brunson and Ayo Edebiri won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for playing Sydney Adamu in "The Bear."
Applegate had previously sat down for an interview with Vanity Fair where she revealed that she has no expectations to work as an actor after the season finale of "Dead to Me." Applegate also opened up about how the disease has affected her lifestyle and how she is coping with it. "With the disease of MS, it’s never a good day. People are like, 'Well, why don’t you take more showers?' Well, because getting in the shower is frightening. You can fall, you can slip, your legs can buckle. There are just certain things that people take for granted in their lives that I took for granted. Going down the stairs, carrying things—you can’t do that anymore. I can still drive my car short distances. I can bring food to my kid. Up, never down," Applegate revealed to the outlet.
Being around friends and family has not been any easier for the actress either. "I actually don’t want to be around a lot of people because I'm immunocompromised," she continued. "I have my friend who lives here during the week and she helps me take care of my daughter Sadie. And then on the weekend, I have a caretaker. I also don’t want a lot of stimulation of the nervous system because it can be a little bit too much for me. I like to keep it as quiet and as mellow as possible."
Applegate has found it difficult to mingle in a crowd of people as well because of how "loud the surrounding feels to her." She added, "It’s like 5,000 times louder for anyone who has lesions on their brains. I can’t even imagine going to set right now. This is a progressive disease. I don’t know if I’m going to get worse. I can do voiceover stuff because I have to support my family and keep my brain working," Applegate stated when she was asked about her future in the film industry.