‘Will & Grace’: Are Debra Messing and Megan Mullally Really Feuding?

When people say “Woman A and Woman B are feuding,” take it not just with a grain of salt but the entire salt shaker. When it comes to Debra Messing and Megan Mullally of Will & Grace reportedly being at odds, co-star Eric McCormack calls BS on it. 

To some people, it may come as a relief and to others, it may be a disappointment, but the truth about most so-called feuds is that they’re blown out of proportion — if they even exist at all. Yes, there have been a few genuine ones, but for the most part, they’re exaggerated at best and entirely made up at worst. 

What’s going on with Debra Messing and Meghan Mullally? 

Debra Messing attends Project Angel Food's 2018 Angel Awards.
Debra Messing | Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Project Angel Food

According to Us, there were signs the Will & Grace co-stars weren’t getting along, including them unfollowing each other on Instagram. Then Messing posted a photo with the whole cast but without tagging Mullally.

What in the world was going on? Nothing, to hear McCormack tell it. 

“It seems crazy. It is crazy!” he told Us Weekly at the Project Angel Food Angel Awards Gala on in mid-September. “I think people worried about that entirely too much.”

Not only are Messing and Mullally not fighting, no one in the cast is. McCormack said of himself, Sean Hayes and the women: “The four of us get along like a house on fire, we always have.”

Some have speculated that the feud was the reason that the Will & Grace revival was not continuing, but McCormack denies this also. He said: “The show’s ending because we want to make sure that it ends up properly, that we go out on top, that it never gets sort of lost in the shuffle.”

What’s happening with ‘Will & Grace?’ 

Probably the most traumatic thing going on with Will & Grace is that there will be no more new episodes. After initially running for eight seasons on NBC from 1998 to 2006, the network revived the sitcom in 2017. The show, which broke ground with its mainstream portrayal of gay characters, was even included in a Smithsonian museum exhibit. 

Will & Grace had ranked as high as number nine in the ratings, but after it lost Friends as its lead-in, ratings started to tumble. The show ranked at number 61 in the last season before the revival. That revival, sparked by a nine-minute election special in 2016, was supposed to be a 10-episode limited run, but it lasted longer than many expected.

Having had the good fortune to bring back the show, producers decided not to press their luck. They said: “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.” That final season will premiere in January.”

Rumored feuds between actresses have a long, sexist history

We don’t pretend to know definitively that Messing and Mullally are not feuding. It is sadly true that some feuds are probably real, like the one between Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker of Sex and the City. Cattrall’s angry message to Parker after the death of Cattrall’s brother remains up on Instagram for all to see, more than a year after it was posted. 

However, it’s also true that gossip rags inflate feuds to generate revenue. Much was made over a joke Jennifer Lawrence cracked on Saturday Night Live about Jessica Chastain when the women were both nominated for Oscars in 2013.

That may not have been a feud per se, but Chastain made her feelings on the matter very clear. She said: “I find it very sad that the media makes up bogus stories about women fighting in this industry …  I’ve done two photo shoots with Jennifer Lawrence over the years and have found her to be utterly charming and a great talent. I’ve told her how beautiful her film work is.”