Bob Newhart wins first Emmy for ‘Big Bang Theory’

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Bob Newhart won his first Emmy on Sunday

The TV veteran earned it for his work on "The Big Bang Theory"

He complimented the comedy's writers for "an awful good script"

The "great thing" about the award is that it's peer-voted, Newhart said

CNN  — 

It’s hard to believe, but TV veteran Bob Newhart has just snagged his very first Emmy.

Newhart, 84, has been nominated seven times throughout his 52-year career, and on Sunday night he finally won at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys.

He was named Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory.” He appeared as Professor Proton, the former host of a kids’ science show, on an episode in May.

“They wrote an awful good script,” Newhart said of his “Big Bang Theory” colleagues. “They gave me a lot of hanging curveballs and I kept swinging at them.”