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'I'm going to sleep with' my Emmy, and other quotes heard backstage

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Merritt Wever, Jim Parsons, Anna Gunn and other stars shared backstage gems at the Primetime Emmys that never made it to TV.

You heard the speeches as stars accepted their trophies at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday (including the short but sweet "Thank you ... I gotta go, bye!" from "Nurse Jackie" star Merritt Wever), but we didn't want you to miss out on the gems we heard the winners share backstage:

Merritt Wever, outstanding supporting actress in a drama for 'Nurse Jackie'
On getting her acceptance speech cut very short: "I wanted to thank a lot of people. ... I wanted to thank everybody at Showtime. I wanted to thank, most of all, Edie Falco. ... I wanted to thank Edie Falco very badly. It’s very hard to do those. (Sigh) Sorry."

On what the Emmy means to her: "I don’t know yet. I’m scared, honestly. I’m scared because it was unexpected so I don’t know how to feel yet. I mean, I have therapy next week.” 

Tony Hale, outstanding supporting actor in a comedy for 'Veep'
On his first Emmy win: "This is nuts. I completely left my body. It’s so surreal. I’m so thrilled to be working, and to have this, it’s completely mind-blowing. ... My wife has an Emmy for makeup so I’m just catching up to her."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, outstanding lead actress in a comedy for 'Veep'
On what she's going to do with her latest Emmy: "I'm going to sleep with it."

On what a fourth win means to her: "It means a ton because, you know, because I’ve lost many, many more times than I’ve won. I’ve lost 10 times, as a matter of fact, so it’s delicious to win."

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    From left, the cast of "Breaking Bad," RJ Mitte, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks, winners of the best drama series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards held in Los Angeles on Sept. 22.

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    "Modern Family" executive producer Steven Levitan accepts the award for outstanding comedy series, with the cast behind him.

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    Will Farrell takes a more a casual approach to the awards show, dressing down and bringing his children onstage to present the outstanding comedy and drama series awards.

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    Michael Douglas examines his Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie for HBO's "Behind the Candelabra," in which he played Liberace.

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    "Dancing With the Stars" pro and choreographer Derek Hough celebrates with his trophy in the press room.

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    James Cromwell accepts his award for best supporting actor in a miniseries or movie for his portrayal of Dr. Arthur Arden/Hans Gruber on "American Horror Story: Asylum."

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    Anna Faris, left, and Allison Janney present the award for outstanding writing for a miniseries, movie or a dramatic secial, which went to Abi Morgan for BBC America's, "The Hour."

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    Stephen Colbert celebrates winning best writing for a variety series and outstanding variety series for "The Colbert Report." This is the first time since 2003 that "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" did not win best variety show.

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    Stephen Colbert, center, accepts the award for outstanding variety series for "The Colbert Report." Backstage, the comedian said of his victory, "I’m really proud of the show, but no one’s a bigger fan of Jon Stewart than I am."

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    Bobby Cannavale of "Boardwalk Empire" speaks after a surprise win in the very tough best supporting actor in a drama series category. He beat out Jonathan Banks and Aaron Paul from "Breaking Bad," Jim Carter from "Downton Abbey," Peter Dinklage from "Game of Thrones" and Mandy Patinkin from "Homeland."

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  • Image: Actress Danes accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series for her role in "Homeland" from presenter Fallon at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles

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    Claire Danes wins lead actress in a drama series for the second year in a row for her portrayal of Carrie Mathison on Showtime's "Homeland."

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    Jeff Daniels celebrates backstage after winning outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his portrayal of Will McAvoy on HBO's "The Newsroom."

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    "Breaking Bad" star Anna Gunn puckers up after nabbing the best supporting actress in a drama trophy.

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    Michael J. Fox honored "Family Ties" writer Gary David Goldberg during one of the evening's special In Memoriam tributes.

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    Robin Williams pays tribute to the late Jonathan Winters at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, calling the comedy icon his mentor. James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Gary David Goldberg and Cory Monteith also received their own tributes.

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  • Image: Jim Parsons accepts the award for Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for his role in "The Big Bang Theory" at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles

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    "Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons accepts the award for outstanding lead actor in a comedy for his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper. "It is silly to be emotional about it, isn't it," the actor said, sounding a lot like his character.

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    "The Voice" host Carson Daly and executive producer Mark Burnett pose with their trophies for outstanding reality competition program. The singing competition's victory marks only the second time that "The Amazing Race" has lost in this category.

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    Elton John performed "Home Again" in honor of Liberace. The HBO film "Behind the Candelabra," based on the flambouyant pianist's life, took the top honor for best miniseries or movie.

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    Actress Melissa Leo posed for the press after winning the award for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for her part on "Louie."

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus accepts the Emmy for lead comedy actress while in character as Selina Meyer on "Veep." Co-star Tony Hale, who plays her aide Gary Walsh, was also in character as he stood by his TV boss.

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    Tina Fey joked that Tracey Wigfield didn't have permission to speak after the two women won for outstanding writing for a comedy series for their work on "30 Rock."

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    Kevin Spacey channeled his "House of Cards" character, politician Francis Underwood, during Neil Patrick Harris' opening bit.

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    Amy Poehler, left, and Tina Fey, in blue, present Merritt Wever with the trophy for outstanding actress in a comedy series for her portrayal of Zoey Barkow on "Nurse Jackie." The champ delivered one of the more memorable acceptance speeches in recent memory, offering a quick "thank you" before saying, "I gotta go, bye!"

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    Former Emmys hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Jane Lynch offer this year's host, Neil Patrick Harris, some advice during the opening bit.

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    Many expected Neil Patrick Harris to kick off the Emmys with a song-and-dance number, but instead, he opened with a taped bit wherein he attempted to watch a year's worth of programming all at once.

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    Actor and host Neil Patrick Harris opens the show at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 22.

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Jim Parsons, outstanding lead actor in a comedy for 'The Big Bang Theory'
On how he'll celebrate: "The truest joy of having the show nominated is the size of the celebration changes dramatically. There are all those after parties. But I’m not much of an after party. I’m much more of an afterthought. I prefer to read in bed, but that’s because I’m 100. I might go home and say hello to the dogs and that might feel like a hell of a celebration, I don’t know."

On how it feels to hear his name announced: "The closest I can compare it to is that feeling when you narrowly miss getting into a car accident. That adrenaline you feel, that moment leading up to it because you might have to get up and talk in front of people ... I know, it’s so unromantic, isn’t it?”

Bryan Cranston of "Breaking Bad," which won best drama series
On seeing the show, rather than himself, take top drama honors: “This is the answer to a wish and a prayer of mine. I’ve been blessed in the past, and this show has been nominated in the past. What I really wanted was what we got to celebrate: the entire writing crew and cast. This is for the crew that’s worked for us for six years. It’s the culmination of everything. This is one hell of a party. What a way to go out!”

On the writing for the final season of "Breaking Bad": "These scripts were like unwrapping a present. ... The writers deserve the lion’s share of the appreciation and success. ... We are their mouthpieces. This is what makes me so proud this happened tonight.”

Anna Gunn, outstanding lead actress in a drama for 'Breaking Bad'
On whether this is revenge against her character's haters: "It just feels tremendous. It’s been the most remarkable ride to be on this show. I couldn’t be more thrilled. I‘m more overwhelmed. But yes, I’m glad there are people out there who enjoy Skyler as well. What the Skyler haters do, they do. It doesn’t really have anything to do with me."

On last Sunday's knife fight with Walter (Bryan Cranston) on "Breaking Bad": "It was very exciting because the boys do the stunts all the time, so I was extremely excited to do the stunt. We did a lot of takes of that. I got a little sore. It felt it was the culmination of what she had to endure. She finally drew a line in the sand, 'You will not hurt another member of my family.' There was a release and it was cathartic."

Bobby Cannavale, outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for 'Boardwalk Empire'
On how he'll be celebrating: "I will go that HBO party. Then I’ll go to Fallon’s party. And then Hamm’s having a party, like a losers party, so I’ll go to that. But if you win and go to losers party, you have to give him $1,000. So I will.”

Jeff Daniels, outstanding lead actor in a drama for 'The Newsroom'
On the fact that he rarely wins: "My dad said a long time ago, ‘I think you’re going to grow into your face.' But he was right. I grew into my face."

On how he'll celebrate: "We’re going to party til dawn, and then I’m going to get on a plane and go to Atlanta and start shooting ‘Dumb and Dumber 2.' "

Stephen Colbert, outstanding variety series and writing for a variety series on 'The Colbert Report'
On finally beating "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" for best variety show: "I’m really proud of the show, but no one’s a bigger fan of Jon Stewart than I am. Winning best show is a lot of fun. I’m second to none in my admiration and belief that Jon deserved all those wins."

On what the awards mean: "We get to be a shadow of the news we’re mocking. We get a boost from just how stupid the real news is."

— Additional writing by Anna Chan. 

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