December 9th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
Update, 12/9 5:00 p.m.: TV Guide Canada has since posted a retraction of the story quoted below, saying that actor Ed O'Neill was misquoted in the piece.
"Unfortunately, Mr. O’Neill’s comments were misquoted, which resulted in the erroneous interpretation of his comments," the retraction reads. O'Neill's comment should have read as follows, according to TV Guide:
“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."
Earlier, O'Neill's remarks were interpreted to mean that "Glee" star Jane Lynch didn't deserve her Best Actress Emmy for playing such a "one-note" character.
“I love Jane, honestly I do,” the "Modern Family" star tells TV Guide of the actress, who performed with the Second City improv troupe early in her career. “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.”
Instead, O'Neill claims, the award should have gone to his "Modern Family" co-star Sofia Vergara.
“Sofia is just so, so funny. I don’t think people realize how hilarious she is," says the former "Married With Children" star, 64. "She’s so sharp with her wit, it’s amazing.”
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