Around the time Louis C.K.'s Louie was picked up by FX in 2009, C.K. appeared in Ricky Gervais's The Invention of Lying. And now that they're both up for the Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy, Gervais says C.K.'s career never would have happened without that little boost.

"I discovered that big, sweaty slob. I've done everything for him, haven't I?" Gervais told Seth Meyers, "I had to see his freckly ass and everything, and he's never thanked me. And now he's trying to take my award."

The freckly ass scenario happened in season one of Louie, where Gervais played Louie's asshole doctor. (Not a proctologist, just an asshole.)

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"I had to give him a rectal exam! And we're method, so..." Gervais joked.

Unfortunately, the Emmy probably isn't theirs to fight over. The Academy has proven it's not ashamed to bestow awards upon The Big Bang Theory, and 2013 winner Jim Parsons is nominated again this year.

[H/T THR]