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Ed O’Neill Denies Dissing Jane Lynch’s Emmy Win

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.


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