Emmys 2016: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Makes History, Apologizes for Veep Creating 'Current Political Climate'

Good thing the Emmys don’t have term limits: Veep‘s Julia Louis-Dreyfus just made history with her sixth win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Her fifth consecutive win for playing VP-turned-President Selina Meyer on HBO’s political satire gives her a total of six lead actress wins (including one for The New Adventures of Old Christine), pushing her past Mary Tyler Moore and Candice Bergen for most wins in that category. (And that doesn’t even include the 1996 supporting actress trophy she took home for Seinfeld.)

Louis-Dreyfus matched the sharp-witted tone of her HBO show by offering a tongue-in-cheek mea culpa during her acceptance speech: “I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally apologize for the current political climate.” She said Veep started out as a satire, “but it now feels more like a sobering documentary.” But she vowed to rebuild the wall between comedy and politics, “and make Mexico pay for it.”

But the normally poised actress was noticeably shaken during her speech, and we found out why when she revealed that her father, William, had just passed away on Friday. Fighting back tears, she dedicated her award to him, saying, “I’m so glad that he liked Veep, because his opinion was the one that really mattered.”

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