Sean Hayes Hilariously Calls Out Mike Pence At GLAAD Media Awards

The "Will & Grace" star also jabbed at Jussie Smollett while accepting his award.
Sean Hayes' jokes spiced up the GLAAD Media Awards.
Sean Hayes' jokes spiced up the GLAAD Media Awards.

Actor Sean Hayes received an award and threw some shade at an accused homophobe during the GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday.

The “Will & Grace” star noted that the 30th annual event marked “three proud decades of being Mike Pence’s worst nightmare... or wildest dream. We’ll never know.”

The actor also wasn’t afraid to make a quip about Jussie Smollett, the “Empire” actor who prosecutors believe staged a racist and homophobic attack against himself in January. Officials dropped the charges against the actor this week to focus on violent crime, they said.

“I’ve been getting in shape for tonight with the Jussie Smollett workout,” Hayes said. “You hire two trainers and sweat eight weeks.” The joke didn’t go over quite as well as the line about Pence.

Hayes also joked about being the last “Will & Grace” star to be honored by GLAAD, noting that he’s actually “the gay one.”

He did express gratitude for his Stephen F. Kolzak Award, calling it an “incredible honor.” The recognition is given annually to someone who significantly promotes LGBTQ acceptance. Hayes is in excellent company: Ian McKellen, Laverne Cox and Jim Parsons are among the previous recipients.