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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Reveals Her Father Passed Away Friday During Emotional Emmy Speech (Watch)

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won her fifth Emmy as lead actress in a comedy for “Veep,” said her father passed away Friday in one of the award show’s most emotional moments.

“I’m so glad that he liked ‘Veep,’ because his opinion was the one that mattered.”

William Louis-Dreyfus, a renowned businessman and art collector, was 84 years old.

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Earlier in her speech, Dreyfus had joked about the show’s influence on the presidential election.

“I would like to personally apologize for the current political climate. Our show started out as a political satire, but now seems like a documentary,” she said in her acceptance speech. 

Last year, HBO’s “Veep” also won Best Comedy, Writing and Casting awards, along with a Supporting Actor win for co-star Tony Hale. “Veep” completed its fifth season in June, when Louis-Dreyfus’s character finally found out she wouldn’t be president of the United States.

Louis-Dreyfus won two previous Emmys, once for supporting actress for her iconic role as Elaine in “Seinfeld” and once for lead actress for “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

Also nominated for lead actress were Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow Johnson in “Black-ish,” Laurie Metcalf as Dr. Jenna James in “Getting On,” Lily Tomlin as Frankie in “Grace And Frankie,” Amy Schumer as Amy in “Inside Amy Schumer” and Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”

Louis also had a brief cameo in host Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue playing her “Veep” character. Jeb Bush was her limo driver.