O’Neill Denies Dissing Lynch: ‘I Never Said Those Words’

Ed O'Neill (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

Ed O'Neill (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

Modern Family“‘s Ed O’Neill is speaking out to set the record straight over reports that he insulted Emmy-winner Jane Lynch.

“I never said those words,” declared O’Neill, who says he’s “one of Jane Lynch’s biggest fans.”

O’Neill has received an apology from TV Guide Canada for misquoting him during a recent press event, which led to erroneous reports that the actor thought Lynch didn’t deserve the Emmy Award this year for her “one-note character” Sue Sylvester on “Glee.”

In a Dec. 6th story published by TV Guide Canada, O’Neill was incorrectly quoted 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.”

Ed O’Neill’s actual quote is below:

“I’m one of Jane Lynch’s biggest fans. I love Jane Lynch. She is a genius. But at the same time I said ‘Sophia 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.”

TV Guide Canada issued a retraction on Thursday:

Earlier this week, TV Guide Canada published a story misquoting Ed O’Neill’s recent comments about Jane Lynch’s Emmy win. Our writer did not mean to misrepresent Mr. O’Neill or anyone else involved in the story. He and TV Guide Canada sincerely apologize for this error.

O’Neill also issued his own statement to Entertainment Weekly:

“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.”

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