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“Sopranos” Star Lorraine Bracco Holds Back Tears Remembering Late Costar James Gandolfini in Emmys Reunion

Lorraine Bracco and Michael Imperioli led an emotional tribute in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the hit HBO series at the 2023 Emmys on Monday night

<p>Monica Schipper/WireImage</p> Lorraine Bracco and Michael Imperioli speak onstage during the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards at Peacock Theater on January 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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Lorraine Bracco and Michael Imperioli speak onstage during the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards at Peacock Theater on January 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

The Sopranos gang is back together once again!

Monday's 75th annual Emmy Awards, hosted by Anthony Anderson, saw cast members from the iconic HBO crime drama reunite. Lorraine Bracco and Michael Imperioli took the stage, garnering excitement from the crowd as they stepped into a recreation of Dr. Melfi's therapy office.

Anderson introduced the two former castmates as he praised the long-running HBO show, which was nominated for more than 100 Emmys, for making "television history."

Imperioli, 57, remarked on the anniversary the cast recently celebrated of the hit drama. "2024 marks the 25th anniversary of this series that Lorraine and I were so fortunate to be a part of."

Bracco, 69, spoke next and got emotional as she gave a shoutout to Tony Soprano himself, the late James Gandolfini.

"And speaking for Michael, myself and the entire cast and crew, it was an honor working with Sopranos creator David Chase and of course the great James Gandolfini," Bracco said, her voice catching as she mentioned the late actor, who died in 2013.

While the pair stood in a makeshift set of Bracco's character's office, a framed photo of Gandolfini sat next to a tissue box on a small table.

<p>Kevin Winter/Getty</p> Lorraine Bracco and Michael Imperioli speak onstage during the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards at Peacock Theater on January 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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Lorraine Bracco and Michael Imperioli speak onstage during the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards at Peacock Theater on January 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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Bracco and Imperioli's tribute to The Sopranos, which ran for six seasons on HBO from 1999 to 2007, comes after the actress opened up to PEOPLE at the cast's 25th anniversary celebration in New York City on Wednesday about how Gandolfini's presence was missed at the reunion event.

“I always think about him," Bracco said. “I have moments that I have in my mind, or something will happen, that Jimmy will come back to me."

<p>Neilson Barnard/Getty </p> Lorraine Bracco attends the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards at Peacock Theater on January 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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Lorraine Bracco attends the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards at Peacock Theater on January 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

She shared that if Gandolfini — who played a struggling New Jersey mob boss who sought therapy with her character, Dr. Melfi, to mend his mental health woes — had been with the cast, he'd have been up to his usual antics.

Gandolfini was "very serious" while in character, she said, “but when he was done, he turned into a maniac.”

“Oh my God. He would make such jokes, he would fool around, he would dance around,” she added. “He was very fun.”

<p>Neilson Barnard/Getty </p> Michael Imperioli and Victoria Imperioli attend the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards at Peacock Theater on January 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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Michael Imperioli and Victoria Imperioli attend the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards at Peacock Theater on January 15, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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Edie Falco, Dominic Chianese, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Robert Iler and Jamie-Lynn Sigler also starred in the show, along with Bracco, Imperioli and Gandolfini, which won 21 Emmy Awards throughout its run.

Ahead of Monday's event, PEOPLE announced that stars from The Sopranos would come together alongside the cast of Cheers to honor the last 75 years of television.

"We are paying tribute to iconic shows that have changed the scope of television and entertainment by being on the air," Anderson, 53, shared with PEOPLE.

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"We're going to be paying homage to them, having a lot of cast members come back as themselves, as these characters," he added, "and there's going to be a little interchange between me and them on the sets of their shows."

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