Will & Grace stars Debra Messing and Megan Mullally looked frosty as they taped the sitcom’s latest episode in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening, amid claims a feud between the pair has killed off the series.
Debra, 51, and Megan, 60, kept their distance from each other in a new video posted to the show’s official Instagram grid, just hours after it emerged a fall-out between the pair was responsible for the show being cancelled at the end of its 11th season.
The pair – who play Grace Adler and Karen Walker on the rebooted NBC series – were joined on set by Eric McCormack as the group welcomed the studio audience ahead of the taping.
Divide? Will & Grace’s Debra Messing and Megan Mullally frostily kept their distance at the latest episode taping on Wednesday night
Sean Hayes was absent – for unknown reasons – and was replaced with a cardboard cut out as they welcomed the excited crowd.
As Eric and Megan larked around at one side of the stage, Debra was seen shooting them a brief stare before heading over to hug the cardboard Sean.
Eric then ran to join her but Megan kept her distance, staying at the opposite end of the stage away from Debra.
Say it isn’t so! On Tuesday, Will & Grace fans worked out that the sitcom stars appear to have come to blows – speculating that a backstage feud is responsible for the show being cancelled
Keeping their distance: In a video posted to the sitcom’s official Instagram grid, Megan, Eric and Debra were seen welcoming the studio audience to the set ahead of the taping
Stay back! As Eric and Megan larked around at one side of the stage, Debra was seen shooting them a brief stare before heading over to hug the cardboard cut out of Sean Hayes
Clearly trying to be professional, Debra coaxed Megan over to kiss the cardboard cut out, but the women barely looked at one another.
Although it’s not known what the plot of the upcoming season is yet, the characters of Grace and Karen often appear in one-on-one scenes and are close friends as well as colleagues on the show – which is bound to make filming awkward if rumours of a rift are accurate.
Reps for the stars declined to comment when approached by MailOnline on Wednesday.
Suspicion was first stirred among fans after the ladies unfollowed each other on Instagram, and posted cryptic messages about ‘people who aren’t good for you’.
You do you: Eric then ran to join her but Megan kept her distance, staying at the opposite end of the stage away from Debra
Stay classy: Clearly trying to be professional, Debra coaxed Megan over to kiss the cardboard cut out, but the women barely looked at one another as the video ends
And it appears the snide remarks go back as far as January, with further comments cropping up from months ago on closer inspection.
Catty? In May, Megan’s Instagram feed featured a lengthy post about people who ‘use your success as ammunition against you’
In May, Megan’s Instagram feed featured a lengthy post about people who ‘use your success as ammunition against you’.
And further back still, another appeared, stating: ‘You can meet somebody tomorrow who has better intentions for you than someone you’ve known forever. Time means nothing, character does.’
She then captioned this: ‘Okay what I get from this goes a little something like this: not everyone is going to be in your corner. 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.
‘There are other people on the planet. Look for friendships that are genuine, kind, supportive, and reciprocal. avoid those who have betrayed, bullied, or abused you in the past. They don’t have your best intentions at heart.’
Another of Megan’s Instagrams featured the slogan: ‘Stop romanticizing the people who hurt you!’
Longstanding? It appears the snide remarks go back as far as January, with further comments cropping up from months ago on closer inspection
A shame: Recent Instagram posts have been about ‘people who aren’t good for you’
Friendship never ends? The cast have been known to be friends off-camera before now
She captioned this: ‘Currently obsessed with this quote. You know how certain things resonate with you at certain times? And this is of course applicable not just in romantic relationships. Work, family, and friendships also apply.’
More recently, Megan penned a now-deleted Instagram story which stated: ‘One of the best feelings is finally losing your attachment to somebody who isn’t good for you!’
In addition, she posted: ‘Don’t ask people for directions if they’ve never been where you’re going!’
Feud? The actresses stirred suspicion among fans who noticed each star missing from the other’s ‘followers’ list on Tuesday
Shade? Both women uploaded eyebrow-raising Instagram posts recently
Debra, meanwhile, uploaded a post a few weeks ago, urging fans to vote for Will & Grace for the Emmys, but failed to tag Megan. She tagged everyone in the post – including the series’ director James Burrows and co-creator Max Mutchnick – except the actress.
Both women still follow their co-stars Sean Hayes and Eric McCormack, who follow them in return, on social media.
When the show’s team announced that the 11th season of Will & Grace would be the last, their statement read: ‘We think of the Will & Grace episodes the way Karen Walker thinks of martinis — 51 is not enough, 53 is too many. That is why, after consulting with the cast, we all have decided this will be the final season of Will & Grace.’
It appears that NBC didn’t choose to cancel the show – with ratings being notably high – and that those on the production have made that call, upsetting fans even further.
Out of nowhere: As the past two seasons have gone on, there’s been no sign of any fractiousness between the cast, with the unfollowing between Debra and Megan coming as a major shock
We want a season 12! Fans are now concerned that Debra and Megan’s fall out is the reason the show will end next year
Those that noticed Megan and Debra’s Instagram unfollowing took to social media themselves to share their concerns over the matter.
One wrote: ‘I am seriously struggling to understand the drama that has ensued between the W&G cast members over the last few days. As much as I’m eager to know what happened, I’m trying to refrain from speculation.
‘I don’t want to jump to conclusions about their friendship (especially since very little information is public). I’m sure we’ll all get the answers that we seek eventually. I just hope they are all okay.’
Another tweeted: ‘Debra Messing and Megan Mullally are no longer friends – my life is falling apart!’
20 year relationship: The stars play Grace Adler and Karen Walker on the rebooted NBC sitcom and have done since 1998
A third posted: ‘Megan Mullally and Debra Messing unfollowing each other… I finally know what it feels like to be a child of divorce.’
Another penned: ‘Okay so do we know what happened with Debra Messing and Megan Mullally or no?’
‘So people are saying that Megan Mullally and Debra Messing aren’t friends anymore and I’ve never been sadder in my whole life!’ a fifth person wrote.
Another fan remarked: ‘Awake and lying in bed wondering what happened between Megan Mullally and Debra Messing to force them both to unfollow each other on insta?’
Bad blood? When the principal cast – which also includes Eric McCormack as Will Truman and Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland – returned to screens in 2017, they revealed to fans that they hadn’t socialised as a quartet since the series came to a close in 2006, but that they had always been friends
The Will & Grace cast were first thrown together when the show began in 1998, with Debra playing the titular role of interior designer Grace and Megan her alcoholic assistant Karen.
The show ran originally until 2006 for eight seasons before coming to a close; but it was rebooted in 2017 after the cast reunited to film a promotional short for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016.
This was so well-received, NBC re-commissioned the sitcom for a comeback, returning for a ninth season in 2017.
Two further seasons were commissioned following the success of this, but it was announced last month that the 11th season would be the last.
Fans are now concerned that Debra and Megan’s fall out is the reason.
Uproar! Fans are panicking about the matter
When the principal cast returned to screens in 2017, they revealed to fans that they hadn’t socialised as a quartet since the series came to a close in 2006, but that they had always been friends.
They gushed about reuniting for the election short – which was put out online only – claiming that their chemistry resurfaced as soon as they were back together.
This was evident in the finished video, leading to NBC’s decision to reboot.
As the past two seasons have gone on, there’s been no sign of any fractiousness between the cast, with the unfollowing between Debra and Megan coming as a major shock.
The cast are often seen on each other’s social media accounts in behind-the-scenes videos and photos, having a whale of a time, always supporting one another’s endeavors.