The drama surrounding Ed O’Neill’s comments about Jane Lynch’s Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy this past fall continued to unfold on Thursday.
After initially reporting that the “Modern Family” star said Jane did not deserve her Emmy for “Glee” and that the award should have gone to his “Modern Family” co-star, Sofia Vergara, TV Guide Canada has apologized and admitted they misquoted the veteran TV star.
The site also published a new transcript of Ed’s comments, which reads as follows:
“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.”
On Wednesday, Access Hollywood caught up with Sofia Vergara, who gave her take on the situation.
“He didn’t mean it like that. I know Ed and of course he loves me and adores me and I so happy that, you know, that he thinks I deserve an Emmy, but he didn’t say it like Jane didn’t deserve it and I did.” Sofia told Access. “He said to me, ‘What I was trying to say was that I would have loved for you to get it, that your character, you know, deserves an Emmy,’ but he was not making her less than me. I mean he’s not crazy!”
On Tuesday, E!‘s Ted Casablanca contacted Jane’s rep about Ed’s misquoted comments, saying he was repulsed.
“Thanks for being repulsed,” the “Glee” star’s rep reportedly wrote in an e-mail. “But let it go, that’s what we’re doing.”