“I almost don’t remember it,” Hayes said to his friend.
“Of course I remember it, but I almost blocked it out, because it was horrible that it happened.”
Shepard mused, “The only thing I cared about is that you and I were involved,”
“Had it been any other thing with a bunch of strangers, I would have been like, ‘Oh, whatever. I was at a table read for 45 minutes and then I got fired. Who gives a sh*t?’
“The only (unfortunate) thing is there was no anonymity to it for me. I knew many of the people at that table read. I think maybe that was the only element that I was like, ‘Well, that’s kind of embarrassing. These are people that I know — and then, I got canned.’”
“I cannot believe they fired you,” Hayes reiterated.
“It could be as simple as I was terrible at the table read, and that’s fine. But that’s the only time in being friends (with Hayes) for 12 years where I was like, ‘Now I feel like there’s something awkward between us.’ Because you said to me, ‘Oh, my God. I’m so sorry,’” Shepard said.
“I was like, ‘Oh, Jesus, you should never be saying (you’re) sorry to me in our whole friendship.’ You don’t ever do anything wrong; you’re not the creator of the show.”
Will and Grace aired from 1998 till 2006, before being rebooted. It now airs on STAN.