September 18, 2016 9:15 PM EDT

Julia Louis-Dreyfus teared up as she honored her father during her Emmys speech on Sunday night. “I’d like to dedicate this to my father, William Louis-Dreyfus, who passed away on Friday,” she said at the end of her otherwise light-hearted speech. “I’m so glad he liked Veep because his opinion was the one that really mattered.”

The moving tribute by the Veep star brought audience members to tears as well. The cameras flashed to Jerry Seinfeld, her longtime co-star on Seinfeld, who was also visibly moved.

Louis-Dreyfus has won the best actress in a comedy accolade five years in a row and eight times total.


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