Ed O'Neill, who stars in the ABC sitcom "Modern Family" and played misanthropic shoe salesman on the 1990s comedy series "Married With Children", never said Jane Lynch should not have won an Emmy for her role on "Glee", as reported earlier this week.
TV Guide Canada printed a retraction on Thursday. It said it misquoted the actor and apologized for the error.
O'Neill's actual remarks, the outlet said, were: "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," he said. "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."Lynch, a 50-year-old actress who plays the cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on "Glee", won the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" earlier this year. O'Neill's "Modern Family" co-star, Sofia Vergara, who plays his Colombian wife Gloria, was also nominated.
"Glee" began airing in 2009 and depicts the lives of high school misfits and popular students in a glee club that Sylvester continuously tries to bring down as part of a bid to score more funding for her cheerleading squad. The show has won four Emmy Awards.
Lynch's prize marked her sole individual Emmy win and second nomination. She has starred in several films directed by Guest, including "Best in Show" in 2000 and "For Your Consideration" in 2006.
O'Neill, 64, has never been nominated for an individual Emmy but received two Golden Globe nods for his role on "Married With Children", which ran between 1987 and 1997. The show also starred Katey Sagal and David Faustino and helped launch the film career of Christina Applegate, who played Bundy's promiscuous daughter. The series was nominated for seven Emmys and won none of them. "Modern Family" won six Emmy Awards this year, including "Outstanding Comedy Series".