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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Nearly 'Passed Out' When Carol Burnett Named Her Among 'Greatest Comedic Actresses of Our Time'

Since the June episode of the podcast, the actresses have "become friends" and they play Wordle together

<p>Francis Specker/CBS via Getty Images</p> Carol Burnett and Julia Louis-Dreyfus backstage at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards

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Carol Burnett and Julia Louis-Dreyfus backstage at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards

Julia Louis-Dreyfus was nothing short of gobsmacked when Carol Burnett paid her the ultimate compliment.

Burnett, 90, called the Seinfeld alum “one of the greatest comedic actresses of our time” during a June episode of the Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus podcast, prompting Louis-Dreyfus to become audibly emotional.

“I practically fell over and passed out,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Wednesday.

“I could barely take it. I started to cry. Honestly, when I introduced her, I started crying,” recalled Louis-Dreyfus, 63. “I cry all throughout the podcast. I’m weeping the whole time. I find these conversations to be very moving. And Carol Burnett has been impactful in my own life.”

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On the episode, Louis-Dreyfus told Burnett: “What you have done with your life has informed my life more than I can articulate in this conversation. So thank you, Carol.”

Following their conversation, the comedians have struck up a friendship.

“Now we Wordle and we’ve become friends, and we have dinner occasionally, which is really nice, too,” the Veep Emmy winner shared.

And nearly a year after Burnett confirmed to PEOPLE that she plays World "every morning," Louis-Dreyfus served as a hype woman, informing THR: “Let me tell you, this woman is incredible at Wordle and all word games. She does Spelling Bee until she gets — not ‘Genius,’ but ‘Queen Bee.’ This woman does not f--- around when it comes to word games.”

Steve Granitz/WireImage Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Steve Granitz/WireImage Julia Louis-Dreyfus

After their conversation on the podcast, Burnett told Louis-Dreyfus she was “so sweet” before paying her the ultimate compliment.

“You are just so ... honest and funny and truthful, it all comes out of truth," she said. "You know, you’re not trying too hard. You just are.”

Louis-Dreyfus replied, audibly emotional, “Thank you, that means totally everything coming from you.”

Related: Carol Burnett's Life in Photos

Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images Carol Burnett at the premiere of 'Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love' at Avalon Hollywood
Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images Carol Burnett at the premiere of 'Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love' at Avalon Hollywood

The actress’s mother then joined the episode, having listened to the conversation with Burnett in real time and reflected on the touching ending as her daughter admitted, “I couldn’t believe it.”

“Parents think their children — and they know — their children are the best. The best, the best. But when someone else agrees, it’s just like a magical moment. It was so wonderful.”

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In honor of Burnett's 90th birthday last year, Louis-Dreyfus was one of several Hollywood stars who spoke to PEOPLE about the actress's lasting impact on the industry.

She shared, "Here are three things about comedy that Carol Burnett taught me: 1.) Comedy isn't just funny, it's fun. Seeing Carol Burnett with her friends (that's what it seemed like: they were all friends) was infectious. I wanted to leap through the screen and be a part of that fun."

She continued, "2.) Comedy is a team sport. The way they played off of each other, the way they enjoyed each other, the way Carol enjoyed watching all of them? I had never seen anything like that before. 3.) Comedy is hard. Singing! Dancing! Doing funny accents! Not cracking up (well, they weren't so great at that part). Carol Burnett could do it all and, I realized, that takes practice. That takes work. I've taken all of that to heart, thanks to Carol Burnett. Fun, team and work. Wow, what a great way to make a living."

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