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.