UPDATE: Ed O’Neill Gets Apology for Jane Lynch Misquote

by | December 9, 2010 at 9:40 PM | Glee, Modern Family, TV News

'Modern Family's Ed O'Neill and Sofia Vergara; 'Glee's Jane Lynch (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images/Fox)

'Modern Family's Ed O'Neill and Sofia Vergara; 'Glee's Jane Lynch (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images/Fox)

UPDATE: “Modern Family” star Ed O’Neill received an apology for being misquoted in the press over his comments regarding “Glee’s” Jane Lynch and her recent Emmy win.

TV Guide Canada, who first reported the story, issued a retraction Thursday:

Earlier this week, TV Guide Canada published a story misquoting Ed O’Neill’s recent comments about Jane Lynch’s Emmy win. Our writer did not mean to misrepresent Mr. O’Neill or anyone else involved in the story. He and TV Guide Canada sincerely apologize for this error.

Ed O’Neill issued his own statement Thursday to Entertainment Weekly, denying the remarks:

“I never said those words and transcripts of the press conference attest to that fact … 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.”

Get more on the story, including Ed O’Neill’s actual quotes, HERE.

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Ed O’Neill is a big Jane Lynch fan and hopes to work with her someday, but questions her Emmy win this year for ‘Glee.’

During a recent press conference with international journalists, the ‘Modern Family‘ dad said Lynch didn’t deserve her trophy for her Cheerios coach role, and he has a suggestion for who should have won.

“I love Jane, honestly I do,” O’Neill said. “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.”

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O’Neill, whose character shares a love of track suits with Sue Sylvester, says the statue should have gone to his TV wife, Sofia Vergara. “Sofia is just so, so funny,” O’Neill vouched. “I don’t think people realize how hilarious she is. She’s so sharp with her wit, it’s amazing.”

O’Neill shares most of his scenes with Vergara, so perhaps it’s natural – and not, say, awkward – that he picked her over his TV daughter Julie Bowen, who was nominated in the same category.

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‘Modern Family’ picked up the comedy Emmy last year for its first season, and some believe O’Neill was overlooked for his work. The show is, of course, O’Neill’s second round of TV dad success after a decade on ‘Married with Children,’ but perhaps his first critical success – and he almost passed.

He wasn’t looking to return to TV, then ‘Family’ creators Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd tracked him down. “Then I read the script, and I said to myself, ‘Oh God, this is so good.’ I put the script down and came back and read it a second time and thought, ‘I have to do this.’”

It was almost too late – Craig T. Nelson was in negotiations for the role. Luckily for O’Neill, Nelson ended up switching over to NBC’s ‘Parenthood.’

‘Modern Family’ airs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays on ABC. ‘Glee’ airs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays on Fox.

What do you think about Ed O’Neill’s Emmy comments?