The great Will & Grace on-set drama might not have ended the NBC revival, but it didn’t make for the smoothest of working conditions.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Will & Grace co-creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan sat down to reflect on the final season of their beloved sitcom. In the conversation they discussed the difference between this series finale and their previous finale, if they ever seriously considered showing Stanley Walker, and if Debra Messing and Megan Mullally’s reported on-set drama was the reason the revival ended its run.
“We always work under this kind of motto that everything’s about the work. It’s just about the work,” said Mutchnick. “And so if we stay true to that, then we just keep you guys out of whatever happened on the set this year because it would have done nothing but get in the way of the stories that we wanted to tell.”
“It was not an easy year, but the permanent legacy of the show is much more important to us than any temporary squabble that would take place on the stage,” he added.
As NewNowNext previously reported, rumors began to swirl last year that tension between Messing and Mullally contributed to the show ending. The Daily Mail revealed that the co-stars had unfollowed each other on Instagram and had been “frosty” to each another on set.
NBC co-chairman Paul Telegdy commented on the rumors, saying they were greatly and falsely exaggerated.
“Some things come to a natural end,” Telegdy told TVLine. “Max and David 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.”