So what DID O’Neill say?
According to AOL’s Popeater, TV Guide Canada, which issued an apology for misquoting O’Neill, wrote that this is what the actor actually said: "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."
As previously reported, TV Guide Canada had quoted O’Neill as saying, "I love Jane–honestly, I do. I’m dying to star in one of [screenwriter and director] Christopher Guest’s movies alongside her. But I don’t think she should have gotten the Emmy for that part."
According to the Popeater story, in a statement issued to Entertainment Weekly, O’Neill said, in part, "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."
In its apology TV Guide Canada said, " "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."