'Simpsons' exclusive: Jane Lynch to guest as Homer's work rival

Jane-LynchImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR Photos; FoxFans of The Simpsons can shout with Glee: Jane Lynch is lending her voice to an episode of the animated Fox comedy, EW has learned exclusively. Lynch — whose Emmy-winning performance as Glee’s menacing Sue Sylvester earned her a Golden Globe nomination on Tuesday — plays Roz, Homer’s new assistant at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. “This woman seems terrifically nice, but then it turns out she’s just completely undermining him every step of the way and gets his job — until he can discover her one weakness with the help of Ned Flanders,” explains Simpsons executive producer Al Jean.

Jean notes that it was an easy decision to cast Lynch as the duplicitous Roz: “She can do edge, sweetness, and a mix of both,” he says of the actress, who recorded her lines last week. “I’m just embarrassed we didn’t ask her before she was so successful because she’s funny in everything she does. We were very happy when she said yes.” The episode, titled “Replaceable You,” is slated to air early next season. Three of Lynch’s Glee co-stars — Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, and Amber Riley — guest-starred on the first episode of this season.

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  • Bobby’s Robot


    • J. Lynch Haterrr

      Cool. Just another Simpson’s episode I wouldn’t be watching regardless, but now I will make it a point not to watch.

      • Fonzie

        Watch out Fonzie….shark jump ahead….again.

      • Dom Lalonde

        Not GLEE again…c’mon the show has been on for 22 years, anything but not GLEE pleeeeeeeease!

      • KellyinBoston

        Hmm. What is it you hate? The award-winning acting? The cutting wit? The brilliantly written scripts? You MUST be important!

      • sandahl

        wow if u have nothing nice to say dont say a word at all

  • Vic Nardozza

    F*ck Glee! Do that many people really like karaoke mixed with over-acting?

    • Dave


    • Chmmr

      Yes. Very much so. Hence the fact that it’s a TV show.

      • Larry David

        Soooo, since some people have an interest in things like murder, or ways to torture a person, does that warrant the creation of a network sitcom about it?

        Nevermind, they already did that with Two and a Half Men…

    • Fuh Glee

      Scripted American Idol is what this is.

    • KellyinBoston

      Mayyybee peeppulll hoo arrrnnnt smmaaarrtt ennuffff to gittit?

    • Taniesha Sampson

      Hell yes we do!

    • love glee


    • gleek


    • Curtis Chapaman

      dont be so f*****g bang out. go get a life!

  • Jon

    “The Simpsons” having a guest star on? Shock and surprise.

    • Fuh Glee

      Yes…just like the latter episodes of the Flintstones…here we go again.

    • Trevor

      Go ahead and come up with 470 original ideas yourself and then you’re allowed to complain about the guest stars.

  • Margie

    Yep, we do. We do not, however, like slimy little lizzard pants like you.

    • Margie

      @ Vic

  • Tony

    I truly hope she gets to stretch a little from playing all these nasty, evil women. She’s a tremendous actress.

    • Cyborg Superman

      Yeah, I caught her in “The Fugitive” the other day on cable and was surprised to see her in a non-comedic role.

  • Daniel F


  • Jarad lambert

    Good as cant wait to c

  • Mj Francisco

    WAY COOL!!!
    Damn you, Glee!
    You and your Unracist show choir!

  • Mario

    what episode?

  • Barry

    When will this unfunny person’s 5 minutes of “fame” be over?

    • gleek

      Never. Shame you have no sense of humour

  • Homer

    i cant play;

  • Larry David

    I am SO disappointed in Entertainment Weekly for their continuous coverage on all things Jane Lynch and Glee, and absolutely NO coverage on my favorite show “Property Virgins”. Unbelievable, EW. I MAY just cancel my subscription over this one, but that would require me to leave the basement to obtain a phone, so… you win for now…

    • KellyinBoston

      Good one.

  • Doom Sayer

    Just like with all shows nearing the finale, guest stars have to be sent to prop up the flailing ratings and soak up those last few hangers-on.

  • Fuh Glee

    I can’t stand Glee, and will make sure I watch anything else. Even the back of my eyelids would be better than this one.

  • john

    Sounds like the briefly mentioned worker Zebor from the episode where Marge gets hired at the plant. Though, I guess the Simpsons’ writers haven’t had an original idea in some 15 years.

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