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Carol Burnett discusses her guest role on “Glee”

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: I’m really looking forward to Carol Burnett guest starring on “Glee” as Sue Sylvester’s Nazi hunter mom.

But even more immediate is seeing Miss Burnett and Sue herself, Jane Lynch, together on Saturday night at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center’s 30th Anniversary Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. I’ll have more in that tomorrow.

Miss Burnett chatted with TV Guide about her Glee guest stint. Here is an excerpt:

TV Guide Magazine: You’ve played a lot of mothers before, but probably not a lot of Nazi hunters.
Burnett: Let me think back now [laughs] — this must be a first. I knew I was going to play [Sue’s] mother, but somebody said, “You have to go on the Internet and see about your character!” I looked it up on the Internet and that’s when I found out I was a former Nazi hunter. I started to laugh. At least she was on our side!

TV Guide Magazine: Describe Doris Sylvester.
Burnett: She’s retired. They caught the last Nazi. You get the idea where Sue got her temperament from. This mother makes Sue Sylvester look like Mother Teresa.

TV Guide Magazine: You and Jane Lynch sing “Ohio” from the musical Wonderful Town. Who’s idea was that?
Burnett: My husband and I were having dinner and he said, “Why don’t you do ‘Ohio,’ since your character’s coming back to [the show’s setting of] Ohio? You could sing, ‘Why, oh why, oh why, oh — did I ever leave Ohio?’” I talked to [Glee co-creator] Ryan Murphy — and nobody [at the show] knew the song because they’re all so young. I said, “Listen to it and see what you think.” They thought it was great. It’s funny, [later] they called my assistant and said, “We’re going to send over the music. We don’t know if Miss Burnett knows this song or not.” [Laughs]

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About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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One Comment

  • November 13, 2010 | Permalink |

    It’s going to be great to see Carol Burnett on Glee. I’m happy the show runners don’t just go for the trends when choosing guest stars.

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