Christina Applegate Receives Standing Ovation at Emmy Awards Amidst Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Journey

January 16, 2024

Christina Applegate, the Emmy Award-winning actress who disclosed her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in 2021, garnered a heartfelt standing ovation at the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday night.

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Christina Applegate and Anthony Anderson on Jan. 15, 2024. PHOTO: KEVIN WINTER/GETTY

Also read: Multiple Sclerosis (MS): An In-Depth Look

As the first presenter of the evening, Applegate, known for her roles in “Dead to Me” and “Married with Children,” gracefully used a cane to navigate the stage while presenting the award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series.

In a light-hearted moment, she jokingly remarked to the audience, “You’re totally shaming me with disability by standing up. It’s fine. Body not by Ozempic,” cleverly referencing the weight loss drug.

Applegate emphasized the honor of portraying funny, flawed, and complex characters while presenting the award and expressed gratitude for the recognition.

The actress, who opened up about living with multiple sclerosis in a Vanity Fair interview last year, acknowledged the challenges posed by the disease and hinted at the possibility of stepping back from on-screen acting.

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Christina Applegate and Anthony Anderson on Jan. 15, 2024. PHOTO: KEVIN WINTER/GETTY

While there are no definitive tests for diagnosing MS, doctors rely on identifying common signs and symptoms. While no cure exists, various treatments aim to manage symptoms and slow disease progression, often involving potential health risks.

Making a rare public appearance, Applegate’s emotional yet humorous interaction with the Emmy Awards audience highlighted the support she continues to receive from her peers amidst her journey with multiple sclerosis.

Despite uncertainties about her future acting endeavors, Christina Applegate’s enduring impact in the entertainment industry and her ability to navigate challenges with humor and grace resonate strongly with fans and colleagues alike.

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