Judd Apatow on Jerry Lewis' Opinion of Female Comedians: 'F--- You' (Video)

Judd Apatow Headshot Tux 2011
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 22:  Producer Judd Apatow arrives at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 22, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

During his acceptance speech for best comedy at the Critics' Choice Awards Thursday, the "Bridesmaids" producer slammed the comedian for a comment he made in 1998.

Judd Apatow used his acceptance speech at Thursday's Critics' Choice Awards to make a big statement. 

But it wasn't political. 

Instead, the Bridesmaids producer, whose film won best comedy at the awards, threw a major barb at comedian Jerry Lewis

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Apatow, who was censored by VH1 three times during his speech, ended the rant with this: "Jerry Lewis once said that he didn't think that women were funny. I'd like to say, with all respect, f--- you."

He was referring to a comment Lewis made in 1998 at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colo. 

"I don't like any women comedians," he said during a Q&A session conducted by Martin Short. When Short asked if he liked Lucille Ball, Lewis said, "A woman doing comedy doesn't offend me but sets me back a bit. I, as a viewer, have trouble with it. I think of her as a producing machine that brings babies in the world."

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Bridesmaids, which was written by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo and had a female-dominated cast, was a huge box-office hit, making $288 million worldwide and was also critically acclaimed. It's also nominated for three Golden Globes. 

Watch Apatow's Critics' Choice acceptance speech below