Jennifer Coolidge and Jane Lynch speak onstage during the 34th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at The Beverly Hilton on March 30, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California Source: Jerod Harris/Getty Images

Jane Lynch Jests About Hollywood 'Gay Mafia,' Says Jennifer Coolidge Would Be the 'Queen'

Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 2 MIN.

Out "Glee" star Jane Lynch took aim at the "Hollywood gay mafia" trope, slaying with a quip that Jennifer Coolidge – though not gay herself – would be "the queen" if any such cabal existed.

"Lynch, 63, joked with PEOPLE at Saturday's Santa Barbara Film Festival's Virtuosos Awards that she's personally 'not part of' any 'gay mafia' in Hollywood," the entertainment publication relayed.

"They haven't let me in, OK," Lynch told People Magazine. "But I think Jennifer is, if there is a gay mafia," she added, referring to one of the LGBTQ+ community's favorite performers.

"Even though she's not gay, she's in it," Lynch reiterated, "and she's probably the queen."

Then, to make things crystal clear, Lynch added that Coolidge is "not drag queen. Just a queen."

"Lynch's comments come just a month after Coolidge – who played her love interest in 2000's 'Best in Show' – thanked 'all the evil gays' as a nod to her 'White Lotus' character Tanya McQuoid during her Emmy acceptance speech for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series," People Mag noted.

Coolidge made famous the line "Please, these gays, they're trying to murder me!" in an episode of the hit Mike White series that saw a conspiracy among a "gay Mafia" of another sort unfold in Italy.

Lynch was on hand when Coolidge won The Social Impact award last year at the GLAAD Awards. After presenting the award to Coolidge with the words "I love you, sweetie," Lynch declared that Coolidge "was pro-gay before it was cool to be pro-gay."

"She is one of us," Lynch continued. "I have always said that the world has to catch up to Jennifer Coolidge. And the world has caught up to Jennifer Coolidge!"

by Kilian Melloy , EDGE Staff Reporter

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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