It's all good in the show-biz hood today, now that this whole Ed O'Neill vs. Jane Lynch story has turned out to be bunk. According to a now-deleted story posted on the TV Guide Canada website, the Modern Family star allegedly said that Glee's Jane Lynch didn't deserve her Emmy trophy, in part because Sue Sylvester was a one-note character.
For her part, Lynch handled the backbiting with class, telling our own Ted Casablanca, "Let it go, that's what we're doing," but as it turns out, the whole thing was just a big fat misunderstanding:
Lo and behold, TV Guide Canada totally misquoted O'Neill, and the publication has since posted a retraction and apology on their site.
Initial reports had O'Neill saying, "I don't think [Jane Lynch] should have gotten the Emmy for that part," but the actual quote is this: "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 Sofia would."
O'Neill also shared a statement with EW.com clearing the air: "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."