Bob Newhart Finally Gets That Long-Deserved Standing O

Bob Newhart, comedy icon. Emmy also-ran.

Despite seven nominations spanning 52 years and four TV series, the one glaring hole in Newhart's résumé was an Emmy. Until this year, when he finally won Best Comedy Guest Actor for his turn as former children's show host Professor Proton on "The Big Bang Theory."

Newhart collected his statuette to a standing ovation at last week's Creative Arts portion of the Emmys. Tonight, he got his due on live television at the Primetime awards.

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Newhart popped up throughout the show, first in a backstage look-in with host Shemar Moore. Then sneaking in as one of the Ernst and Young accountants charged with delivering the results. ("Bob Newhart — also an accountant. Who knew?" quipped host Neil Patrick Harris after the bit.)

And finally as co-presenter of the Writing and Directing awards for Variety Series with another Emmy winner from "Big Bang Theory," Jim Parsons (by contrast, Parsons has won three Emmys out of the five times he's been nominated since 2009).

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Parsons saluted his friend for finally winning, noting that although "The Bob Newhart Show" actually won an Emmy for Best Humor Program in 1962 Newhart wasn't a producer, so he didn't receive a trophy. "You do have good timing," joked Parsons.

Newhart's response:

That small, personal moment between the two led to spontaneous applause that grew into a standing ovation. The cameras caught the normally reserved comedian wiping away tears at the display of affection for him.

It was the only standing O of the night.