‘Funny Girl’ leaves ‘nothing to do with’ Lea Michele

Jane Lynch still has love for Lea Michele.

The comedian insisted her early departure from Broadway’s “Funny Girl” “has nothing to do with” the casting of her former “Glee” co-star.

“I’m on vacation on August 14 and after that I only had five shows and it’s a six hour flight so I thought let’s end it now,” Lynch, 62, explained to Playbill on Tuesday about her . decision to leave the musical three weeks ahead of schedule.

“It has nothing to do with not wanting to see Lea,” she added. “I’m texting Leah. She and I are fine.

“I’m very happy for her,” the host of the “Hollywood Game Night” continued. “I loved working with Beanie [Feldstein].”

Lynch then doubled down, assuring fans, “There’s no drama here. None.”

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The comedian’s schedule change stemmed from vacation plans.
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Lynch began playing Ms. Brice on the show in April, with her original departure scheduled for September 4.

However, nearly a month after news broke that Michele, 35, would be taking over from Feldstein, 29, the “L Word” alum told the Hollywood Reporter that August 14 will be her final appearance.

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Beanie Feldstein left the Broadway show in July.
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“As I begin my final week in ‘Funny Girl’, my heart is filled with gratitude for this tremendously talented troupe led by Beanie Feldstein and our amazing audience for keeping theater alive!” she said Tuesday.

“I…will be back to see my friend Lea Michele turn on the lights.”

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Michele called the role “a dream come true.”
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As for Feldstein, the “Booksmart” star stepped out on July 31 “earlier than expected” as opposed to September 25, with a source telling Vidak For Congress that she was “essentially fired” by the production.

Feldstein wrote via Instagram last month that “when the production decided to steer the show in a different direction,” she “made the extremely difficult decision” to leave.

Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch
Michele and Lynch were co-stars of “Glee” from 2009 to 2015.
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When news broke of Michele’s appointment earlier this month, the “Scream Queens” alum gushed on Instagram: “I am so incredibly honored to join this amazing cast and production and return to the stage to Fanny Brice on Broadway.”

Michele began her career as a child actress on Broadway, most recently in “Spring Awakening” in 2008.

The singer starred in “Glee” from 2009 to 2015. Five years after the Fox series wrapped, Michele came under fire when Samantha Marie Ware accused her of racist behavior on set.

Michele apologized in 2020, writing in part on Instagram, “I have clearly acted in ways that have hurt other people.”

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