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Debra Messing apologizes for questioning why Kim Kardashian was selected to host Saturday Night Live

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Debra Messing has apologized for seemingly shading Kim Kardashian after it was first announced that the reality star would be hosting SNL.

While many Twitter users accused the actress, 53, of bullying the 40-year-old reality star by questioning ‘why’ she was selected for the gig, she clarified that was ‘never’ her goal.

During an appearance on the Tamron Hall show, the Emmy winner explained did not intend ‘to troll’ the mom-of-four, before an apology to anyone who misunderstood.  

Setting the record straight: Debra Messing has apologized for seemingly shading Kim Kardashian on Twitter last month, after it was first announced that the reality star would be hosting SNL; seen in 2021

Setting the record straight: Debra Messing has apologized for seemingly shading Kim Kardashian on Twitter last month, after it was first announced that the reality star would be hosting SNL; seen in 2021

‘That was never my intention. She is this phenomenon. I mean, you know, she is a cultural icon,’ Messing explained.  

As a longtime fan of the long-running NBC series, the Will & Grace alum noted that ‘grew up with SNL’ 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,’ the performer added.

Messing also admitted she has ‘living under a rock’ and no longer has a ‘finger on the pulse of pop culture’ because she’s so ‘focused on activism.’ 

Shady: While many Twitter users accused the actress, 53, of bullying the 40-year-old reality star by questioning 'why' she was selected for the gig, she clarified that was 'never' her goal (pictured in 2019)

Shady: While many Twitter users accused the actress, 53, of bullying the 40-year-old reality star by questioning ‘why’ she was selected for the gig, she clarified that was ‘never’ her goal (pictured in 2019)

Controversial: Messing's tweet read: 'Why Kim Kardashian? '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'

Controversial: Messing’s tweet read: ‘Why Kim Kardashian? ‘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’ 

Still, she made sure to tune in to watch Kardashian, who she said ‘was amazing.’ 

‘If you know me, and you follow me, then you know that I consistently lift up women. I support women. So you know, I hope that people understand that was never my intention,’ the seven-time Golden Globe nominee concluded.  

Messing’s controversial tweet read: ‘Why Kim Kardashian? ‘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?’ she added. 

A misunderstanding: During an appearance on the Tamron Hall show, the Emmy winner explained did not intend 'to troll' the mom-of-four, before an apology to anyone who misunderstood

A misunderstanding: During an appearance on the Tamron Hall show, the Emmy winner explained did not intend ‘to troll’ the mom-of-four, before an apology to anyone who misunderstood

'That was never my intention. She is this phenomenon. I mean, you know, she is a cultural icon,' Messing explained

‘That was never my intention. She is this phenomenon. I mean, you know, she is a cultural icon,’ Messing explained

An explanation: Messing also admitted she has 'living under a rock' and no longer has a 'finger on the pulse of pop culture' because she's so 'focused on activism'

An explanation: Messing also admitted she has ‘living under a rock’ and no longer has a ‘finger on the pulse of pop culture’ because she’s so ‘focused on activism’

Although the sitcom star added flatteringly that Kim was a ‘cultural icon,’ the internet was divided over whether she was shading Kim for not be a performer, or for not having anything new to promote. 

Although her long-running reality series KUWTK came to an end back in June, she isn’t exactly giving up on reality stardom. 

Kim and the rest of the Kardashian–Jenner clan will be taking new content to Hulu in the near future, though they’ve remained vague about what form their next ventures will take.

At Disney’s Investors Day earlier this year, it was announced that the family’s new reality content would likely premiere later this year. 

Well done! Kardashian's hosting gig was considered a massive sucess

Well done! Kardashian’s hosting gig was considered a massive sucess 

One sketch saw Kardashian as the star of a ¿Bachelorette¿-type dating show

One sketch saw Kardashian as the star of a ‘Bachelorette’-type dating show

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