Kate McKinnon's Emotional Emmy Acceptance Speech Steals the Show: 'I'm Really Crying!'
By John Boone
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Kate McKinnon surely just served up the biggest "aww" moment of this year's Emmys.
The Saturday Night Live star won her first Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and instantly became emotional as she took the stage -- and just as quickly was bleeped. Between tears, McKinnon told the crowd, "I'm really crying. I'm not making it up."
"Thank you to Lorne Michaels for giving me the job of my life. Thank you to my amazing colleagues, the cast and writers. It's really hard making 90 minutes of sketch comedy every week for 42 years," she said, before joking, "Thank you, Ellen DeGeneres. Thank you, Hillary Clinton."
This is McKinnon's third year in a row being nominated in the category and first win. Though the Ghostbusters actress was clearly verklempt -- "I'm shaking, guys!" she admitted, as she held her award -- she ended with a touching dedication.
"On a personal note, thank you to my mother and sister and father," McKinnon said of her late father. "He made me start watching SNL when I was 12. Thank you, and I miss you, pop."
Following McKinnon's win, both Clinton and DeGeneres took to Twitter to congratulate her, as did SNL head writer and frequent collaborator, Chris Kelly, and co-stars Aidy Bryant and Leslie Jones. For her part, Jones tweeted, "IM SCREAMING CRYING MY BITCH MY BITCH SHE WON YALL!!"