The only living core member of 'The Jeffersons' cast made a surprise cameo on ABC live special and Twitter loved it

She moved on up, but she still made the time to drop in.

Marla Gibbs, the last living original core cast member from "The Jeffersons," made a surprise cameo this week during ABC's "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons.'" The 88-year-old actress reprised her role as Florence Johnston in an unexpected moment near the end of the broadcast.

Wanda Sykes, playing Louise Jefferson, opened the door to find Gibbs, eliciting gasps and applause from the audience. Across the set was Jamie Foxx as George Jefferson.

Sherman Hemsley, who played the original George Jefferson, died in 2012, while Isabel Sanford, who played Louise, died in 2004.

Twitter erupted over Gibbs' arrival, with fans sharing their shock and delight: "I actually got a little teary-eyed seeing Marla Gibbs," tweeted comedian Larry Wilmore. "What a great night of television."

While Gibbs may be best known her "Jeffersons" character from 1975 to 1985 — yes, that's a decade-long run! — her career has continued to flourish with dozens of TV and film roles. In recent years, she's appeared on "This Is Us," "Black-ish" and "Scandal."

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LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1975: The cast of the TV sitcom 'The Jeffersons' (L-R Back Row: Franklin Cover, Paul Benedict, Sherman Hemsley, Marla Gibbs, Ned Wertimer and Berlinda Tolbert, Front Row: Roxie Roker, Isabel Sanford, nd Mike Evans) circa 1975 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1977: The cast of the TV sitcom 'The Jeffersons' (L-R Berlinda Tolbert, Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Franklin Cover, Roxie Roker and Marla Gibbs (seated)) circa 1977 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOVE BOAT - "Incredible Hunk/Isaac the Marriage Counselor/Jewels & Jim" which aired on October 24, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) MARLA GIBBS;FLIP WILSON
American actress Isabel Sanford (1917 -2004) (seated), as Louise Jefferson, photographs American actors Sherman Hemsley (left) as George Jefferson and Marla Gibbs (center) as Florence Johnston as they pose with American singer and performer Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925 - 1990), who plays himself, in a scene from an episode of the television situation comedy 'The Jeffersons' entitiled 'What Makes Sammy Run?' Universal City, California, October 25, 1983. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Actress Marla Gibbs attends the NBC Television Affiliates Party on May 12, 1985 at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Marla Gibbs, circa 1985. (Photo by Getty Images)
Actress Marla Gibbs attends the Women in Film Luminas Awards on November 16, 1986 at DGA Theatre in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Marla Gibbs attends the 13th Annual People's Choice Awards on March 15, 1987 at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Marla Gibbs and actor Hal Williams attend the 13th Annual People's Choice Awards on March 15, 1987 at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Marla Gibbs attends the NBC Television Affiliates Party on August 7, 1988 at The Registry Hotel in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actresses Jackee Harry (L) and Marla Gibbs (R) w. track and field athlete Florence Griffith Joyner. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Marla Gibbs attends the NBC Television Affiliates Party on July 15, 1989 at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Marla Gibbs attends the Fourth Annual Soul Train Music Awards on March 14, 1990 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Marla Gibbs attends the Dionne Warwick and The Warwick Foundation Third Annual That's What Friends Are For AIDS Benefit Concert on June 30, 1990 at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 19: Marla Gibbs (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Marla Gibbs attends the 24th Annual NAACP Image Awards on January 11, 1992 at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Marla Gibbs attends A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Hollywood Premiere on April 2, 1996 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 29: Actor Sherman Hemsley and actress Marla Gibbs attending 50th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards on August 29, 1998 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Marla Gibbs attends the 14th Annual American Comedy Awards on February 6, 2000 at Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Marla Gibbs during Comedy Central's First Annual Commie Awards - Arrivals at Sony Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Marla Gibbs during NBC Summer Press Tour - Day One at Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actress Marla Gibbs arrives at the celebration for Cloris Leachman's 60 years in show business at Fogo De Chao restaurant on October 5, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
Marla Gibbs during The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards - Red Carpet at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Malcolm Ali/WireImage for The Lippin Group)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 4: Marla Gibbs attends the The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 10th Anniversary Celebration of The Archive Of American Television at Crustacean on June 4, 2007 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Marla Gibbs and Regina King appear on NBC News' "Today" show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Marla Gibbs arrives at "The Norman Lear Collection" DVD launch celebration at The Paley Center for Media on June 1, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California.
CENTURY CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Actress Marla Gibbs arrives at the premiere of "Have A little Faith" at Fox Studio Lot on November 3, 2011 in Century City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Marla Gibbs attends the 2nd Annual "Gospel Goes To Hollywood" Awards Luncheon at Taglyan Cultural Complex on February 22, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 30: Actress Marla Gibbs attends an intimate gathering in honor of Norman Lear at Morehouse College on November 30, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Marla Gibbs is seen on February 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LIVE IN FRONT OF A STUDIO AUDIENCE: NORMAN LEAR'S 'ALL IN THE FAMILY' AND 'THE JEFFERSONS' - ABC's late-night host Jimmy Kimmel presents a live, 90-minute prime-time event in tribute to classic television sitcoms. "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'" teams Kimmel with television icon Norman Lear and executive producers Brent Miller, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Justin Theroux. This special, airing live WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 (8:00-9:33 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, will take viewers down memory lane, recreating an original episode from each of the Emmy® Award-winning series "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons." This legendary night of television will be hosted by Lear and Kimmel, and directed by 10-time Emmy winner James Burrows. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) MARLA GIBBS
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 28: Honoree Marla Gibbs attends Women of Color Unite Gala at California African American Museum on March 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Unique Nicole/Getty Images)
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Other stars of the night included Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei as Archie and Edith Bunker as well as Kerry Washington, Elie Kemper, Will Ferrell, Jackee Harry, Ike Barinholtz, Anthony Anderson, Sean Hayes, Stephen Toblowsky, Amber Stevens West, Jovan Adepo and Fran Bennett.

 

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