Debra Messing says she regrets going on “Megyn Kelly Today” after a controversial remark from the new morning show host.
On Monday, the cast of “Will & Grace” joined Kelly on the debut of her new NBC show to promote their rebooted sitcom.
At one point, the former Fox host brought superfan Russel Turner on stage to meet Messing, Will McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally.
“Is it true that you became a lawyer, and you became gay, because of Will?” Kelly asked Turner about McCormack’s character, a gay corporate lawyer.
“I look at Will Truman and I’m like, ‘He has it made!’ Lawyer, best apartment in New York City, and gay?” Turner responded. “Come on, trifecta.”
Kelly then awarded Turner with two tickets to a taping of the show in Los Angeles.
“I don’t know about the lawyer thing, but the ‘Will & Grace’ thing and the gay thing is going to work out,” she said.
Debra Messing said she was “dismayed” after appearing on Megyn Kelly’s show to promote the “Will & Grace” reboot.
Kelly also spoke about the impact “Will & Grace” had on gay rights when it ran originally, from 1998 to 2006.
“Vice president Joe Biden said at the time, no other show had as much effect, as calling people’s attention to gay rights. What does it feel to hear that?” she asked co-creator David Kohn.
“Shocking,” Kohn replied.
“He read it as I wrote it. It was surprising and incredibly gratifying. We never set out — there was nothing — we were not an ideological thing. We were not set out to posit ideas into the zeitgeist. We were trying to do a show with four characters and trying to be funny. It was very satisfying.”
The “gay thing” comment drew ire from critics, and Messing responded to a fan on Instagram who asked why she went on the show.
“Honestly I didn’t know it was MK until that morning,” the 49-year-old actress wrote.
Kelly asked a “Will & Grace” fan if Will Truman (Will McCormack) encouraged his “gay thing.”
“The itinerary just said ‘Today Show’ appearance. Regret going on. Dismayed by her comments.”
An insider told the Daily News that Kelly was “obviously making a joke.”
“It became even clearer when she spent much of the interview asking the show’s creators how proud they were of the positive social impact of ‘Will & Grace’ and the progress it brought about for gay rights,” the source said.
The other cast members didn’t respond to the criticism, but Hayes posted a photo from the interview, saying he was “having fun.”
The “Will & Grace” reboot premieres Thursday on NBC.