Glenn Weiss accepts Emmy award, proposes to shocked girlfriend

As Glenn Weiss accepted the award, he asked his girlfriend Jan Svendsen, who was sitting in the audience, to marry him. PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The Emmy Awards took on a romantic note on Monday (Sept 17) when one of the winners proposed to his astonished girlfriend during the live broadcast, earning a standing ovation from the audience of Hollywood A-listers.

Glenn Weiss took the prize for best directing of a variety special for his work on the Oscars. As he accepted the award, he asked Ms Jan Svendsen, who was sitting in the audience, to marry him.

"You wonder why I don't like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife," he added to cheers and a few teary-eyed actors in the audience.

Ms Svendsen then joined Weiss on stage as he got on one knee and formally proposed.

At the start of his speech, Weiss said his award-winning moment was bittersweet as his mother had died just two weeks ago.

"Part of my heart is broken," he said. "I don't think it will ever be repaired.

"But she's in me and she always will be," he added. "Mum always believed in finding the sunshine in things and she adored my girlfriend Jan."

"Jan, you are the sunshine in my life," he told an incredulous Ms Svendsen.

"And mum was right, don't ever let go of your sunshine."

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