a Timeline of the Drama

July 12, 2022: Lynch celebrated Michele’s casting in “Funny Girl.”

Lea Michele and Jane Lynch

Lea Michele (left) and Jane Lynch in 2016.

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In an interview with Deadline, Lynch seemingly shut down any speculation that her early departure from the show was because she didn’t want to work with her “Glee” costar again.

In fact, Lynch revealed, she and Michele “have been in touch” about the situation.

“You know, it was just a really strong idea to have Feldshuh and Lea premiere together. That’s the only reason,” Lynch said of her exit from “Funny Girl” prior to Michele joining the show. 

“I adore her,” the “Only Murders in the Building” star continued. “She’s just going to take this show and make it her own. I’m so glad she’s getting the opportunity in real life to do the show and not just on ‘Glee.'” 

That same day, the Daily Beast’s in-depth report about the drama was published, revealing, among other things, how producers dealt with Feldstein’s bad reviews, and how they handled the “Booksmart” star’s sudden departure from the show. 

Representatives for Michele and Feldstein didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

A representative for “Funny Girl” directed Insider to a statement shared with People, in which producers said they “were not blindsided by Beanie’s social post,” and that the star’s exit had nothing to do with lackluster reviews.

“The producers decided to take the show in a different direction and end Beanie’s contract on September 25th, 6 months earlier than anticipated,” the statement read

It continued: “A month after that decision, Beanie decided it was best for her to leave on July 31st. The producers were aware of and in support of her decision. The producers and Beanie worked on this together professionally, respectfully and graciously.” 

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