The "Will & Grace" star was honored with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, for making a "significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance."
"Will & Grace" star Sean Hayes was a big winner at the GLAAD Media Awards Thursday night, and he had some choice words for Vice President Mike Pence and "Empire" star Jussie Smollett.
The comedian was honored with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is to honor an LGBTQ media professional who's made a "significant difference in promoting LGBTQ acceptance," and wasted no time during his acceptance speech in targeting both men.
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First up, he joked that this awards show is either Pence's worst nightmare or dream come true, "we will never know." The vice president has been a steady target for Hayes' show and character, who's even suggested he believes Pence is a closeted gay man.
After getting a big laugh, Hayes then took aim at the biggest pop culture story of the moment, saying that he trained and prepared for tonight's big win. "I've been getting in shape for tonight with the Jussie Smollett workout." he told the crowd. "You hire two trainers and sweat for eight weeks."
That joke was met with a more tepid response than his Pence one, according to Deadline.
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Smollett continues to be under fire from Chicago officials, and elements of the public, even after charges have been dropped against him. He was accused of faking a hate crime against himself and filing a false police report. The "Empire" star continues to deny all allegations.
Hayes saved his last joke for the awards show itself, pointing out that he was the last cast-member of the principal four to receive a GLAAD Media Award in all the years the show has been on, including its original run. "The gay one," he said flatly.
"Will & Grace" was renewed during its first season through this upcoming season, which will be the Emmy-winning sitcom's cumulative 11th year on the air.
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