Update: TV Guide retracts Ed O'Neill story
December 9th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Update: TV Guide retracts Ed O'Neill story

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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  1. Sophia may look dumb with the makeup and heels but...

    when you go a little too far ...you will be eating her shoe as a diet supplement for the day....no the smartest thing too do for a so called intelligent person and millionaire.

    May 13, 2013 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |

    Wooooooaaaaaaaahhhh Bundy!!!!!

    December 10, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. orozco

    that comment is spot on. Sue Sylvester has less sides to her character than Daffy Duck

    December 10, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. ILO

    My mom always said if you ain't got nothing good to say,SHUT UP!!

    December 10, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Walker

    TVguide is still in publication??

    December 9, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gleesformorons

    Glee sucks, period. No one on that show should ever win a thing, not even a useless Emmy. Only morons watch this crap.

    December 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      @gleesformorons- Says the idiot who makes a point to post about it.

      Was your weekly Klan rally full or you just hang around on boards about things you don't care about normally? Idiot. Glee sucks? Tell that to the millions of dollars it generates, I'm sure it will care.

      December 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lilybeth

    What a tool. I love Modern Family, the whole cast is brilliant, the writing perfection. However, Jane Lynch is a genius as well. Sue Sylvester is a great character as well. She isn't one note. Ed obviously hasn't watched a lot of Glee. Sure, she's the snarky villain but she also has her soft side (with her sister), etc. No one could play that part like Jane Lynch. Glee is a great show, too but for different reasons. It isn't the same type of comedy as Modern Family.

    Ed O'Neil really put his foot in his mouth. Expect an ABC-mandated, carefully-crafted public apology in 4...3....2....1.....

    December 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Posh-Kenneth

    Winning an emmy isnt about VERSATILITY. It's about how well you act AS THE CHARACTER YOU ARE NOMINATED FOR. And what Jane Lynch does on Glee is great. I'm not saying Sofia isn't, she is, but Jane Lynch (for me) gets more laughs and actually has character development. Sofia's character for me is just _______________ its been the same since like day one, no progression, no change. (Though being awesome straight out the gate I can see why character developement isn't a focus of hers).

    I like both shows, I would have been happy had either won. Ed needs to realize that just because you CAN say something, doesn't mean you should. It's not what you say, it's how you say it.

    December 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. D

    I don't get Glee...

    December 7, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. karla

    Yes, she does!

    December 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Victor

    Them's fighting words if you ask me!!!

    December 7, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • B=Dog

      I don't care that he's 64.... Ed O'Neil is a master of Gracie Jiu Jitsu.... I wouldn't F-k with him.

      December 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. T. Bagher

    Glee is a very liberal show. It is tragic that garbage like this is even on the air, let alone winning awards. Shows the state of our country today.

    December 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mark

    Love Ed O'Neil but obviously he hasn't seen all the Glee episodes. Sue is far from a one-note character and those other emotional turns, like her scenes with her sister and her Down syndrome Cheerio and what show her depth. And next Emmy season Laura Linney had better be recognized for The Big C – no one else even comes close to her performance, in my opinion.

    December 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. maria

    I love Sophia but Jane makes Glee a great show!

    December 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manny

      Modern Family is one of the best new sitcoms that has hit the airwaves in a long time. It is, of course, merely just my opinion but Modern Family is the best sitcom currently on television. Hands down. It's smart, it's funny and the entire ensemble, including several age groups, is a truly perfect blend. If you think there is a better sitcom on television right now, you are wrong.

      December 7, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. UmmmmNooooo

    I thought it was an honor just to be nominated.
    Opinions are like butts, just cause you have one doesn't mean I need to see it.

    December 7, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  16. justin

    have we forgotten that we all deserve Our opinion. rude? he said he would love to work with the talented jane lynch. rude would have been to get on stage during her acceptance, but he didn't. ed has been in the business for a long time and has done some very enjoyable things. we should remember this.

    December 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Wow.

    Uncool, Ed.

    December 7, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Marie

    Jane Lynch is irreverent and entetaining; she is compassionate with her sister; sometimes, she takes the side of the choral club. She serves a purpose in the show. Okay, I saw "Role Models" with my late son. Loved it. I first saw her when she has played Spencer Reid's mother on "Criminal Minds" since the beginning of the show, and she brings a unique acting ability to that show. You don't always get your choice to win. Welcome to the real world.

    December 7, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  19. anonymus

    used to like Ed O'Neil in Modern Family but his insulting arrogant comments have just changed my mind. What a insulting ass.

    December 7, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Dooooosh

      I'm sure he'll be gutted to lose an illiterate tard fan like you.

      December 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      @Dooosh- I'm sure he will be upset, might even shed some tears. How would you know? You and Al Bundy be besties? Idiot.

      December 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Michelle

    One-note character? No, Al Bundy was a One-note character. Anyone who has watched Sue interacting with her special-needs sister or the cheerleader on her squad with CP should know better.

    December 7, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Doosh

      Did he say Al Bundy deserved an Emmy? No he didn't, dickpants.

      December 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Posh-Kenneth

      @Doosh- Chill out Pinocchio, just because you use potty language it doesn't mean you're a big boy. You'll be a real boy soon enough when a gang of hungry Leather Daddies decend on you and love you up.

      December 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brooke

      @Doosh & Posh-Kenneth: can I mash up random words and sound like a toolbag too?

      At least if you are insulting someone be witty. If it aint witty, acquitty bishcake.

      December 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • babiyaga

      @KENNETH and BROOKE-- dont you just LOVE trolls? It's nice to know there's someone out there with as little to do in life as me. Their position on the ladder of importence in life is somewhere near the bottom.

      <3 Oh doosh, if only your name were more correct. I don't think you are dooshy enough. Be a smidgen more doooshful and actually be worthy the thoughtless name. Let's make hilly billy kids together.

      December 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  21. denise

    agreed. you don't bring one person down to bring another person up.

    December 7, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  22. Be Quiet

    I agree with him, but he shouldn't have said this publicly.

    December 7, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  23. Onehitwonder

    What a remarkably stupid choice of words!
    He could have used different phasing to indicate his preference for Sofia with out disparaging Jane.

    December 7, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  24. Deanna

    That's ridiculous! Jane definitely deserves the emmy! She does a great job on glee and makes the character come to live!

    December 7, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  25. monica

    All the characters of Glee are one note.

    December 7, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  26. Mike

    Not only is she a one note character on Glee, Jane Lynch basically plays that character in all of her movies. Go watch "Role Models" and see what I mean.

    December 7, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  27. Dr T

    More cowbell

    December 7, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  28. Timcat

    Jane Lynch is a very talented and funny lady. She deserved to win. And obviously the voters did as well. So Ed shut.

    December 7, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  29. austin

    Shut up, Kanye 🙂

    December 7, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  30. Natalie

    I agree Glee & the cast is so overrated! I love Modern Family, I cannot get enough of the show!

    December 7, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  31. heycarrieann

    I'm taking his comment from wence it came...Al Bundy. Both Jane Lynch and Sofia Vergara are talented, funny women. This time it was Jane Lynch's turn, next time, who knows? But he should not in any way say that she was not deserving, that was just plain rude.

    December 7, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  32. Kim

    Bitter...party of one : Your table is ready in the loser room

    December 7, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew


      December 7, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Dooooosh

      You know this because you're permanently confined to the loser room.

      December 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raevyn

      O'Neill is right. Not only is the character one-note, the entire show is one-note. It's terrible...bland, boring, badly acted, horrible adaptations of songs. I'm a fan of Jane Lynch, but Glee is wretched.

      December 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      I object to the downgrading of the word, "genius" by using it to describe a run of the mill actor.

      December 9, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |

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