TV Guide Canada apologizes for misquoting Ed O'Neill about Jane Lynch

Ed-O-NeillImage Credit: Bob D'Amico/ABCTV Guide Canada has apologized for misquoting Modern Family star Ed O’Neill in a story in which he discussed Jane Lynch’s Emmy win for her role as Sue Sylvester on Glee. O’Neill was quoted in a Dec. 6 article as saying: “I love Jane, honestly I do. 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.”

Here is TV Guide Canada‘s retraction in full:

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.

Mr. O’Neill’s real quote is as follows:

“I’m one of Jane Lynch’s biggest fans. I love Jane Lynch. She is a genius. But at the same time I said ‘Sofia 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.”

Earlier today, O’Neill released the following statement to EW: “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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  • Bustin Jieber

    Case closed.

    • Larry David

      The Gays and Lesbian got to them. They get to everybody. Someone needs to keep an eye on them before they take over.

      • Senor Sarcasm

        Larry! You’re back and just as annoying as ever! Go back down what ever rabbit hole you climbed out of friend

      • Buffy Freak

        Hmm..I would think the gays would be backing all things Glee in this catfight.

      • David Larry

        I nominate you, Larry, you seem to have time on your hands. Your mission is for 25 years – report back in 2035.

      • Dope

        Oh Larry. You’re a douche mover.

      • Lincoln

        OMG LARRY! This is the first tiem I’ve laughed at anything you’ve had to say. And I’M GAY. LOL. Too funny.

      • marven gardens

        that might explain the shirt.

      • M

        Ohhh, Larry… I was so enjoying NOT seeing your comments for a while. Please go away forever.

      • Larry David

        Since I myself am a big fat queen, I can make fun of the gays

      • Johnny Roqhard

        Too late, Leisure Suit Larry! The gays have already taken over! Larry Craig, Mark Foley, Lindsay Graham, Ken Mehlman- these are the leaders of the REPUBLICAN party who are gay… They’ve already won, buddy, you just don’t know it yet.

      • AM

        F-off Larry.

      • geoz

        That gay agenda. They need to figure out who keeps making the leaks. Oh.. and they also need to figure out how to have the gay agenda actually change something… except to make closeted conservatives quake with fear.

      • Rock Golf

        The Gays and Lesbian got to them.

        I demand a recount, Larry, I’m quite sure there’s more than one Lesbian. Technically, if there were only one lesbian, there’d be no lesbians at all

      • Larry David

        “Too late, Leisure Suit Larry! The gays have already taken over! Larry Craig, Mark Foley, Lindsay Graham, Ken Mehlman- these are the leaders of the REPUBLICAN party who are gay… They’ve already won, buddy, you just don’t know it yet.”

        But we did manage to stop Charlie Crist, so there is hope.

  • Kwertee

    And all of the people who said he was lying are eerily silent.

    • Myron Pitts

      This is interesting. While it’s great the misquote was cleared up, he is substantively saying the same thing in the real quote: That he believes the Sue character is one-dimensional and not necessarily deserving of the Emmy.

      • Shannon

        Yeah, pretty much.
        Still, it’s nice to hear he’s not going all Psycho Dad on us.

      • Alice

        And he’s basing the assessment of her part on one episode which is really unfair… especially since her role is much more substantial in some episodes compared to others. Furthermore, as I believe others have pointed out, while her role may not be as complex as Sofia Vergara, her comic timing is impeccable.

      • b

        But I think it’s important that a) the quote shows that he did qualify it by saying he’s only seen one episode and b) in the real quote his CLEARLY not saying that Jane doesn’t deserve it due to lack of talent, but more questioning the way the character is written.

        Now, he still probably shouldn’t have said anything given he’s only seen one episode (and Sue IS very one-dimensional in some episodes, but very much not so in others), but I think the real quote is much less insulting to Jane Lynch.

      • Katyo

        Does it really matter what he said? Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion.

      • wino

        so what? most people that were complaining about his comment said it was THE WAY he said, that he couldve been more tactful. and now that there is proof he used tact, people are still not satisfied.

      • Kelly

        Also he never said she didn’t “deserve” the emmy she got. He said he thought Sofia “could” win because of some weaknesses with Jane’s character. I don’t think that’s bad

    • bruno

      well don’t i feel awkward…

      • Buster Keaton

        Why do you feel awkward, bruno?

  • Jay

    Who cares…? He is right either way. The Sue character is pretty simple, and not really an accurate representation of Jane Lynch’s abilities. Thus… not really deserving of an award

    • Kiki

      It might look easy to play one-note Sue Sylvester, but it’s really not. Her timing is amazing… And Sue is constantly coming across as someone making up her lines as she goes along — not easy, if all you have is zingers! It’s like Charlie Chaplin — his characters may not have been three-dimensional, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t take huge talent and craft to play that well…

      • Tv Food and Drink

        Charlie Chaplin’s characters were very three dimensional. Don’t mistake the appearance of simplicity for superficiality. As for Jane Lynch and Glee, I’ve not watched the show, but I sure could do with a little less of the show in the press and the 1001 billboards that rain down on Los Angeles during sweeps periods.

      • David Good

        For the young folks who would like to learn what true acting is, they should look no further than Charlie Chaplin. I realize you are complimenting Charlie and Jane, Kiki, so I am not discounting your opinion at all, but his Tramp character evolved and flourished over time. Please see “City Lights” or “Modern Times” and deny that there are so many layers to those Oscar-caliber performances. In regards to Jane Lynch … she is awesome. I don’t watch “Glee,” but I have seen a good number of her movies and other TV programs she guested on in the past, and she is an actor’s actor. Thank you for your time!

      • Kiki

        I concede the point about Chaplin having rounded characters….but even in some of his early short work, where the characters might have less time to be rounded, he was amazing and deserved great respect.
        Also, part of my point was that Charlie Chaplin wasn’t winning Best Actor every year…because certain things (such as comedy) can easily be undervalued if one doesn’t look too closely… I think the folks who say Jane Lynch didn’t deserve awards for Glee aren’t looking closely enough, or they aren’t familiar enough with comedic writing and acting to see how original and difficult her performance is…

      • Serena

        I happen to adore Jane Lynch and think she’s enormously talented, but Glee is one of the worst-written shows…ever. Sue IS one-note (well, two-note if you count her relationship with her sister) – I think Ed’s statement is valid. I don’t think her performance is original or that spectacular, but I also don’t think that’s her fault at all. She’s a very talented lady – I just wish she had better material to work with.

    • edmonton girl

      To play a character as way out there as Sue, and still keep her interesting and surprising week after week is actually incredibly difficult, in my opinion. I think Jane rocks it and was completely deserving of the Emmy.

      • Katyo

        I have to agree. Sue Sylvester is one character I’d assume could get old very quickly, but somehow Jane makes her hilarious week after week.

  • SteveO

    Ed O’Neill is a classy guy and always has been, even when he played the “not-so-classy” guys on television! Like Kwertee said, everyone who was out to crucify him before checking facts are in fact *eerily* silent. Kudos Ed! You still rock buddy!

  • Roger

    Jane Lynch is far more talented than Ed’s castmates.

    • JimmyH

      Huh? You cannot be serious. First of they are all talented, but to say that Lynch is “far more talented” is completely innaccurate. Julie Bowen and Sophia Vergara are two of the best actresses on television.

      • Brett

        They are all talented. But Modern Family is so funny, people are going to have to start wearing diapers from pissing in your pants from laughter.

      • Roger

        I tried to watch but checked out after 15 minutes. My diaper was empty.

      • Tripletoesplat

        I’m with Roger. I personally couldn’t get into it. The actors seem to be talented, but I personally found the show unfunny and the “fake documentary” style to be very distracting.

      • Lisa Simspon

        I would like “Modern Family,” but Sofia’s character is awful, and she’s a terrible actress. SHe makes the show unwatchable for me. On the other hand, not even Jane Lynch can make “Glee” watchable.

      • Brenda Barrett

        I’m with Roger. I watched one episode after friends urged me to, and I did not laugh once. Not even the start of a chuckle. Not even a smile. I was bored.

      • Mac

        The only thing I can think of is that you happened across a flat episode. (and let’s face it, there have been a couple of them since the series began). Along with Parks and Recreation, I think it’s the best sitcom on television. I was very reluctant to watch it, but I’m glad I do – the show is unbelievably witty and very well written.

    • TL

      While I cannot agree that all of the MF cast are untalented, Gloria is way more one-dimensional than Sue is. I can see something thinking Sue is like that after only watching one ep, but she’s been fleshed out over a season and a half. Gloria on the other hand is just a shrill person who always talks about Colombia but has a nice rack.

      • Serena

        I can see someone thinking Gloria is like that after only watching one ep, but she’s been fleshed out over a season and a half. Her relationship with Jay is incredibly nuanced. Sue on the other hand is just a caricature who always has a one-liner…and a track suit. That’s about it. And I don’t mean that at all as a slight against Jane Lynch – I think she’s wonderful. But the Glee writers should perhaps think about taking a class in plot construction and character consistency. To paraphrase an above poster, not even the super-talented Lynch can save that idiotic show.

      • Mac

        I think Sofia Vergara’s Gloria is a multi-dimensional character and it especially shows when she interacts with the in-laws, particularly Julie Bowden.

    • Zakry

      Your opinion.

      • nat

        I really don’t understand why people even compare Glee and Modern Family, and try to say one is better than the other. The 2 shows are nothing alike. The only thing they have in common is the same premiere year.

  • JimmyH

    I think he’s just afraid that Lynch would kick his a**.

  • josh

    That sounds fair.

  • Vicki

    Well I’m glad the writer and TV Guide Canada apologized and put the full transcript out there. Not saying that actors can’t have negative or unpopular opinions about other actors but what he actually said was a lot more TACTFUL than the original quote. The original quote to me just came off like lame sour grapes. What he ACTUALLY said comes off as an honest opinion.

  • Brett

    Ed O’Neill is a great guy.

    Last nights Modern Family was the funniest episode of the series. Next time I watch, I have to put a pillow on the floor for when I fall off the couch laughing.

    The ENTIRE CAST of Modern Family is deserving of an emmy. I don’t remember the last tv show that made me laugh as much as MF.

  • Jude10

    This whole thing has been really dumb. Slow entertainment news week, I guess.

  • He’s seen Glee one time, so how does he know that she’s playing a one dimensional character? You don’t see every side of a character in a given single episode, so it’s still a close minded assertion.

    • Rush

      It’s based on what was submitted for the Emmy nomination.

      • Zakry

        No, its based on the one episode he saw, Ross. In his way, even Ed is saying his opinion is uneducated, which is fair. He’s seen Jane better, so have I, and I love Sue! No fire here. Nothing left to talk about.

  • Cris

    Uh oh, Larry David, looks like the gay and lesbian lobbyists “got to” TV Guide Canada, too!

  • tonyaj

    I enjoy Ed O’Neill and he was good in Married with Children as well as LA Dragnet. Those were “one note characters” if you will. I love Glee and Jane Lynch is awesome! Show the love, folks

  • TPK

    Oh, Canada.

    • AA


    • Kris

      I love how when it was a juicy story it was just called a “TV Guide story” but now that he was “mis-quoted” it’s Canada’s fault. No article I read before this called it a “TV Guide Canada” story and its in this article about 50 times.

      • Lisa Simspon

        All the previous articles mentioned it was TV Guide Canada. I hadn’t realized there was a TV Guide Canada.

      • b

        They’re not even a real country anyway.

      • jj

        i read this on multiple sites too and i only saw it as just tvguide without the canada qualifier

      • cabbie

        You’re right, Kris. As soon as there is an error or an apology, they pawn it off on the TV Guide Canada people…when they are both presumably owned by the same company. It’s like Coke blaming Sprite for a label misprint. Silly.

  • nunya

    Ed should have been nominated too!

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