Jimmy Kimmel checked in with the couple who got engaged at the Emmys

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The most biggest stand-out moment from the 70th Emmy Awards Monday night was hands down the surprise onstage proposal. After accepting his award for Director of a Variety Special for the 2018 Oscars, Glenn Weiss paid tribute to his late mother who passed away two weeks earlier and then pivoted to propose to his girlfriend, Jan Friedlander Svendsen, who was sitting in the audience.

“Jan, you are the sunshine in my life, and mom was right, don’t ever let go of your sunshine,” he said, “You wonder why I don’t like to call you my girlfriend? Because I want to call you my wife.”

Cue rapturous applause from the audience and a complete blow-up on Twitter. Svendsen joined Weiss onstage where she officially accepted the offer and received Weiss’s mother’s ring.

“Jan, I want to put this ring my mom wore on your finger in front of all these people, and my mom and your parents watching [from above],” Weiss said.

Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel – who has worked with Weiss on several occasions and spoke to him just minutes before the big moment – caught up with the couple where they were luxuriating in their newly-engaged bliss (i.e. in bed with champagne).

Weiss explained to the host exactly what was going through his mind in the lead-up to Monday night.

“It’s been a rough couple of weeks and I think maybe I got a little more perspective on life and it just became clear about a week or two ago that I wanted to do something at some point coming,” he said, “I didn’t think it would happen this quickly but an opportunity arose.”

He also answered the question that was on pretty much everyone’s mind immediately after the event: what if he hadn’t won? Would they have broken up?

“Definitely not,” he said, “I think last night was an opportunity that presented itself because I fortunately did win but I don’t think I was targeting September 17th as the date to do this.

“It happened and it was great but it could have been October, November or next two or three years.” Weiss elaborated, to which Svensen firmly shook her head, “no.”

Weiss – who has previously directed the Emmys, the Oscars, the Tonys and other shows -- was in the unique position Monday night of knowing exactly how these televised awards shows operate and how rigid the timing is. He knew he had to keep it brief or else risk being played off stage in the middle of his proposal.

“I was actually really worried about [the director playing me off], having been in the seat and knowing how those shows function,” he said, “So I really kind of ran through what I wanted to say in my head and then as the night was going on I saw how much time – I kept editing and filtering and just hoping it wouldn’t go too long.”

The couple says they don’t have a timeline for the wedding yet – they haven’t stopped moving since the engagement happened – but it probably won’t be on another award show.