O’Neill Insists Lynch Quotes Were Misconstrued

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December 10, 2010 | 12:10pm EST

Actor Ed O’neill has cleared up comments he made about Jane Lynch – insisting he was “misquoted” when he allegedly said she didn’t deserve her Emmy Award.
The Married… With Children star came under fire earlier this week after reportedly questioning Lynch’s Outstanding Supporting Actress win for her role as Sue Sylvester in Glee.

In an interview with TV Guide Canada, he is said to have accused Lynch of playing a “one-noted character” and hailed his Modern Family co-star Sofia Vergara as a more worthy winner.

Lynch’s representative hit back with a simple “thanks for being repulsed”, but O’Neill is adamant his words were taken out of context – and has contacted the actress to explain himself.

He tells 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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