Waller-Bridge had already won Best Comedy Writing earlier in the evening for “Fleabag,” which also won Best Comedy Directing for Harry Bradbeer — a sign of things to come.
The loss means Louis-Dreyfus won’t go 7/7 for “Veep.” She won for the first six seasons before the show took an hiatus last year for the star’s breast cancer treatment, opening the door for Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) to win. (This also marks Brosnahan’s first major comedy actress loss for “Maisel” after winning two Golden Globes, two Critics’ Choice Awards and and one Screen Actors Guild Award.)
Louis-Dreyfus also won’t break the tie she currently shares with Cloris Leachman as the most awarded primetime performers. Besides her seven wins for “Veep,” Louis-Dreyfus has one Best Comedy Actress Emmy for “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2006) and a supporting one for “Seinfeld” (1996). She also owns three Emmys as a producer on three-time Best Comedy Series champ “Veep,” bringing her total to 11.
Still, Louis-Dreyfus maintains two other records: most wins in Best Comedy Actress and most awarded character. Her seven wins in Best Comedy Actress put her three ahead of Mary Tyler Moore (“The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) and Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”), who have five each. And the fictional Selina Meyer is now one Emmy ahead of iconic five-time winning characters portrayed by Bergen, Don Knotts (“The Andy Griffith Show”) and Edward Asner (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Lou Grant”).
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) was in second place in our odds to win behind Louis-Dreyfus, while reigning champ Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) was third in our odds. Catherine O’Hara (“Schitt’s Creek”), Natasha Lyonne (“Russian Doll”) and Christina Applegate (“Dead to Me”) rounded out the the six.