The Will & Grace revival, or whatever you want to call it, finished up its final season on Thursday––fourteen years after its original ending––and for some, the move is bittersweet. For others, not so much. In addition to leaving their characters behind for good, Debra Messing and Megan Mullally can also put an end to the greatest acting of their respective careers because neither has to continue pretending to like the other one!
The apparent drama began late last year when viewers noticed that Megan unfollowed Debra on Instagram. A stab to the throat would’ve been less devastating! Eventually, Megan also unfollowed co-star Sean Hayes, and posted the following quote on her page:
“It’s okay to let go of relationships that aren’t healthy and positive, even with people you’ve known for years and once trusted”
And to this day, Megan is the only cast member whose IG account isn’t overflowing with Will & Grace themed shit. Things seemed to go from huh? to oh, damn! when Megan took a temporary leave of absence for the final season, resulting in her missing two episodes. Unfortunately, at the time, everybody but Megan did a horrible job pretending that no such feud existed.
If you remember back to September 2019, co-star Eric McCormack, gifted us with one of the most unintentionally (or was it?) bitchy responses to the rumors by stating:
“People worried… entirely too much” about Instagram-gate, before adding, “The four of us get along like a house on fire, we always have.”
Hmmm…If the house in question was Megan Mullally and the fire was a molotov cocktail thrown by Debra Messing, then yes, Will, you are absolutely correct.
Well, apparently, the final episode brought Debra and Megan together one last time. And the filming process was courteous and professional––and then Megan got the fuck outta there, leaving smoking tire marks on the NBC lot.
Anyone hoping to get a sense of what the hell actually caused the alleged friction to spill over into a full-blown feud between two adults, you’re out of luck. Because while creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick did address the giant elephant in the room, that did so by using some of the most bullshit, sanitized Human Resources language of all time, all but confirming that the two female stars probably do indeed hate each others’ guts––but still no one knows why.
Max told Entertainment Weekly in an interview on Thursday when asked about the rumored dispute:
“It was not an easy year, but the permanent legacy of the show is much more important to us than any temporary squabble that would take place on the stage.”
Not to take sides or anything (again, it’s hard to take sides in a fight you know nothing about) but let’s be real: Nobody would watch an episode of Will & Grace without Karen Walker. Plus, Debra has been known to share her opinions with everybody––whether they want to hear them or not––and makes no bones about it that she will be a relentless badger if you don’t agree with her. Just ask Susan Sarandon (who, by the way, Megan follows on Instagram).
Amazingly, even new national treasure, Leslie Jordan, who won an Emmy for playing Karen Walker’s arch-nemesis, Beverly Leslie, has yet to give his own two cents on the subject in one of his Pillow Talk Instagram videos.
Unless Megan’s husband, Nick Offerman, decides to channel his Parks & Recreation character Ron Swanson one day and spill the details in a drunken IG livestream , I don’t think we’ll ever know the reason.