Modern Family patriarch Ed O’Neill denies saying he didn’t think Jane Lynch should have won an Emmy for playing Glee‘s Sue Sylvester.
O’Neill was quoted in a TV Guide Canada story this week as saying, “I love Jane, honestly I do. I’m dying to star in one of Christopher Guest’s movies alongside her, but I don’t think she should have gotten the Emmy for that part. [Sue Sylvester] is just a one-note character.”
The article went on to quote the actor as saying his on-screen wife, Sofia Vergara, should have won the award instead.
Well, turns out that’s not what he said. He was misquoted. TV Guide has since issued a retraction, admitting the quote was incorrect.
This is what O’Neill really said:
“I’m one of Jane Lynch’s biggest fans. I love Jane Lynch. She is a genius. But at the same time I said ‘Sofia could win’ because … and I’ve only seen Glee a couple of…I’ve only seen Glee once. But I thought Jane’s role is rather one-dimensional. It’s kind of strident. It’s always kind of the same. I’ve seen her be much better. So I thought ‘Sofia’s funnier,’ and I think she is in these two comparative roles. Anyway, Jane won. But I was hoping that Sophia would.”
In a statement issued to Entertainment Weekly, O’Neill says: “Last week I spoke to a group of journalists and one quoted me supposedly saying of Jane Lynch, ‘I don’t think she should have gotten the Emmy for that part.’ I never said those words and transcripts of the press conference attest to that fact.”
“Of course I root for my dear friends Sofia Vergara and Julie Bowen (and all of my colleagues on our show) at Emmy time, but I absolutely never said, nor do I believe, that Jane – whom I think is an enormous talent – was undeserving of the award. I reached out to her yesterday to ensure she knew I’d been misquoted, but I wanted to clear this up publicly as well.”
But Lynch had beaten him to it. Asked for comment about the stink yesterday, Lynch’s rep told E! News: “Thanks for being repulsed…but let it go, that’s what we’re doing.”
So it was all a storm in a Glee cup. As you were.