Sean Hayes, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Eric McCormack of Will & Grace. (Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
An NBC exec has denied that rumours of a feud between Will & Grace stars Debra Messing and Megan Mullally led to the show’s end.
The beloved gay comedy show is set to come to an end at the end of its current eleventh season, just three years after making a return to screens.
Rumours began to swirl that the show’s demise may be connected to a behind-the-scenes feud between Mullally, who plays queen of sass Karen Walker, and other members of the cast.
However, NBC chair Paul Telegdy said that the show had “come to a natural end.”
Will & Grace is at its ‘natural end’
He told TV Line: “Max and David [Series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan] told the story they wanted to tell.
“Just wait for the finale. It’s epic; it ties together so many threads. It is coming to a great, natural end.”
Mullally took a leave of absence from the show in November, missing two upcoming episodes for still-unexplained reasons.
The absence only fuelled rumours that first began circling months prior, when fans noticed she had unfollowed Debra Messing and Sean Hayes, who play Grace and Jack, on Instagram – while throwing some particlarly unsubtle shade at her co-stars.
Megan Mullally: Let go of unhealthy friendships with people you’ve known for years
In a less-than-cryptic Instagram post in May 2019, Mullally wrote: “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.
“Shout out to the people who are happy for your happiness, who feel the excitement when you win, who take joy in your success.”
However Eric McCormack, who plays Will, has sought to downplay feud rumours.
He told Us Weekly in September: “It seems crazy. It is crazy! I think people worried about that entirely too much.
“The four of us get along like a house on fire, we always have.”