'Teddy Perkins' from 'Atlanta' at the Emmys confuses fans

There was a joke at Monday night's Emmy Awards that you only would have been in on if you are an "Atlanta" f...

Posted: Sep 18, 2018 6:22 PM
Updated: Sep 18, 2018 6:22 PM

There was a joke at Monday night's Emmy Awards that you only would have been in on if you are an "Atlanta" fan.

Teddy Perkins, the Michael Jackson-esque character played by star Donald Glover on the FX comedy last season, was in the audience at the ceremony, much to the delight of fans.

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But there was also some confusion.

Here's the backstory: Glover portrayed the eccentric Perkins, in white face with a high voice, during the sixth episode of the second season of the series, sparking buzz among viewers because the dramatic nature of it was a total departure from the show's usual vibe.

Glover was nominated for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, and there was some stir on social media when the Perkins character was spotted in a cut-away shot while the category was being announced.

Perkins even hugged the winner, Bill Hader, as he headed to the stage to collect the award for his performance in "Barry."

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It was assumed Glover had dressed in character for a joke.

But minutes later, Glover was there, as himself, with a full beard -- unlike the clean shaven Perkins.

That caused lots of head scratching as to who had come as Perkins.

"If Donald & LaKeith [Stanfield, one of the "Atlanta" costars] we're both at the Emmy's, who tf went as Teddy Perkins," one person tweeted along with a photo which showed Glover, Stanfield, and fellow costar Brian Tyree Henry standing with Perkins.

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