After Kim Kardashian‘s successful “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut that made the world stand still, actress Debra Messing seems to be taking her words back.
Back in September, when it was announced that Kim would host the October 9 episode of the renowned sketch show, Messing was one of the first stars to speak out in protest.
As The Blast previously reported, the “Along Came Polly” actress took to Twitter to question the worthiness of the socialite as an “SNL” host, writing,
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?
Now, with the aftermath of Kim’s successful hosting gig, Messing is apologizing for her hasty conclusion.
Messing Explains Her Tweet
During a recent appearance on the “Tamron Hall Show,” Messing explained the thought behind her controversial tweet, saying that it wasn’t intended to bully Kim, but rather a genuine question about why the “Keeping Up with the Kardashian” star was chosen. She said:
Well, I was not intending to troll her and you know if anybody took it that way, I apologize. That was never my intention. She is this phenomenon. I mean, you know, she is a cultural icon.
Messing continued, noting that she had been an avid fan of “SNL” since she was a kid and was aware of the formula they used in choosing a host. So when Kim was announced, she wondered if something had changed.
According to the “Will & Grace” star, she was curious to know if Kim had a movie or book in the works as “KUWTK” had recently wrapped up. Trying to defend herself, Messing said she had been so busy with activism that she wasn’t aware of what was happening in pop culture.
As for what she thought about Kim’s hosting abilities after watching the episode, Messing admitted she was wrong from the start and praised Kim’s performance, saying, “I watched her and I thought she was amazing, and I was rooting for her.”
The 53-year-old noted that anyone who knows her could tell that she is an avid supporter of women and hopes that they understand her intention was never to bring Kim down.
Kim’s opening monologue during the episode was praised by many as she shaded her family, her divorce from Kanye West, and made some brutal OJ Simpson jokes. While some fans didn’t appreciate the OJ reference, the response to her hosting gig was mainly positive.