Debra Messing Responds to Backlash Over Her Questioning Kim Kardashian Hosting 'SNL'

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Back in September, Will & Grace star Debra Messing landed herself in hot water for questioning why Saturday Night Live booked Kim Kardashian to host the show on Oct. 9.

“Why Kim Kardashian?” Messing wrote in a quote-tweet of a Variety article reporting the news. “I mean, I know she is a cultural icon, but SNL has hosts, generally, who are performers who are there to promote a film, TV show, or album launch. Am I missing something?”

More than a month later, Messing explained her comments during an appearance on Wednesday’s episode of the Tamron Hall Show.

“I was not intending to troll her,” Messing said. “And if anybody took it that way, I apologize. That was never my intention. She is this phenomenon, I mean, she is a cultural icon. I am someone who grew up with SNL. I love comedy. And they have had for decades this sort of formula and I noticed that they changed the formula and I was like, ‘Oh, does she have a new TV show coming out? Does she have a book coming out? Is she in a movie?’ And she didn’t have anything coming out. Actually, her TV show had just wrapped.”

Messing continued, “It was interpreted differently [then I expected]. And I watched her and I thought she was amazing. And I was rooting for her. If you know me and you follow me, then you know that I consistently lift up women. I support women. So, I hope that people understand that that was never my intention.”

Kim made her hosting debut on SNL earlier this month, silencing the skeptics who doubted her potential as a comedic performer. You can check out all her sketches here.

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