Glenn Weiss won an Emmy on Monday night for directing, but he also won the hearts of many after proposing to his girlfriend on live television.

While accepting the award for Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special for his work on this year’s Oscars, 57-year-old Weiss began his speech by lamenting the recent death of his mother. After thanking several people, he turned to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen and said: “Jan, you are the sunshine in my life. And mom was right, don’t ever let go of your sunshine. You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.”

The audience immediately erupted in applause and cheers while Svendsen appeared absolutely surprised. She then walked up to the stage and Weiss put a ring on her finger, got down on one knee and asked, “Will you marry me?” before kissing her, and she said yes.

“This is the ring that my dad put on my mom’s finger 67 years ago,” Weiss told Svendsen. “And to my sisters and brothers, I didn’t swipe it. Dad knows I have it, okay?”

Later on in the show, co-host Colin Jost joked that there were dozens of men who lost Emmys tonight with engagement rings in their pockets. Comedian John Oliverwho won his third straight award for Best Variety Talk Series, also joked in his speech that he would like to thank Svendsen for accepting Weiss’s proposal in order to keep the ceremony happy.


Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones was one of the many people whom cameras showed to be completely stunned by the proposal.

Other celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda reacted to the moment on social media:


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