Ed O’Neill Does Not Want To Rip Jane Lynch’s Emmy Out Of Her Hands After All

Either Modern Family‘s Ed O’Neill did say Glee‘s Jane Lynch didn’t deserve her Emmy (over O’Neil’s co-star Sofia Vergara), as TV Guide Canada originally claimed, or the man has a great team of handlers: he just got the magazine to issue a retraction.

The magazine says in a statement: “On December 6th 2010, TV Guide Canada published a story on Ed O’Neill’s comment regarding the 2010 Emmy Awards winner Jane Lynch (GLEE). Unfortunately, Mr. O’Neill’s comments were misquoted, which resulted in the erroneous interpretation of his comments.”

What did O’Neill actually say then? According to the interview transcript: “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 Sofia would.” (He also told Entertainment Weekly: “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.”)

Queerty reached out to Lynch for comment, but her publicist told us she’s too busy polishing her trophy.

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    Goody! I was hating hating Ed………….

  • Adam

    Yes, yes, this sounds logical, after watching a single episode, he was able to extract enough about her character and form a strong enough opinion to go the press about it. Makes perfect sense. Someone needs a better publicist.

  • Kev

    @Adam … do you really need to watch more than 1-2 episodes of Glee to see that the character Sue is indeed … 1 dimensional? He speaks the truth! Unfortunately, there’s not much Jane can really do about it, she’s not writing the scripts.

    @Queerty … you should be ashamed, after the post you made about him.

  • sam

    @Kev: Ummm… Sue’s actually got quite a few dimensions to her >_O
    Her sympathy for her sister, her support of mentally challenged students. What makes her strive to be the best cheerleading coach, the secret love she has for her students, the way she protected Kurt when he was threatened…

    I’d she does have layers, you just don’t get them from watchin the commercials

  • AdamA

    Right-o, @Sam. Sue’s secret love for her students is probably the most convincing (and, for me, moving) of the “layered Sue’s” attributes.

    Outside of whether Ed is right or wrong here, however, is a pretty unethical misquote by TV Guide. If that’s really his original quote, and then they printed the other one, that’s some serious manipulation of his words.

  • Jeffree

    Agreed with ya on “Goody” because it seemed like an odd remark for Ed to say. Jane’s character DOES have nuances, and I have known a coach or two who acted just that way. Glad to see the retraction.

    I’ve seen Ed O’Neill a few times on talk shows and he comes across as a really smart, articulate guy.

    And Glee is still a good show, although I wish Uglý Betty was still on !

  • a

    She does the best with what she’s given.

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