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How Did Debra Messing Do Damage Control On A Gaffe In Her Match Game Début?

Here's how we think she might have tried to get her agent to fix it.

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 5:10 PM PDT
To: Tom Stern
From: Debra Messing
Re: Match Gaame

Tom, I just got out of the taping for Match Game. Sometime kind of disastrous happened and I'm going to need your help. You're not picking up; please call me right away.

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Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 5:14 PM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Tom Stern
Re: Re: Match Gaame

Sorry, darling, I'm in a screening with Kristen right now. I can't leave, but I'm in the back so I can turn my screen light all the way down. What happened? I'm sure it's not as bad as you think!

-Tom

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 5:17 PM PDT
To: Tom Stern
From: Debra Messing
Re: Re: Match Gaame

I see, maybe if I can get into a Twilit type movie franchise you'll have time for me too, got it.
Fine: there ws a joke about Mick Jagger writing a jingle for Viagara -- I can't get no blank. I wrote satisfaction...except I didn't. I spelled it some other way, I don't even remember, and I had to hold it up on a card and Alec called attention to it.

He did it in a fun playful way and i laughed at myself but I still would rather it didn't air. Please find out if they can cut the question or cut around me.

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Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 5:22 PM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Tom Stern
Re: Re: Match Gaame

Not having been there, it's hard for me to say, but I would imagine that since they have to show the progress of the game and which answers did or didn't match, they probably have to keep it in. Did they shoot alts? Did you ask a producer about it before you left?

-Tom

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 5:28 PM PDT
To: Tom Stern
From: Debra Messing
Re: Re: Match Gaame

OF CURSE I DIDNT ASK A PRODUCER TOM I WANT TO BE ASKED BACK and I won't be if I come across like a CRAZY ACTRESSS

The worst part is that I am actually an excellent speller, not that you can tell frim my emils but thats because this keyboard is so small
It's not even about me, i just don't know what it will do to Roman if he has to see his mother on tv looking like an idiot. you know I'm his number one role model

Tom please help. Think.

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Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 5:40 PM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Tom Stern
Re: Re: Match Gaame

Kiddo, I just did some quick googling and the news is not great. There are actually very strict rules around game shows because of the scandals way back when. If this was an answer and it affected game play, they're probably going to have to keep it in. But when this screening's over I can call over and find out for sure.

-Tom

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 5:43 PM PDT
To: Tom Stern
From: Debra Messing
Re: Re: Match Gaame

What if they did a reshoot and it was actually sutton who spelled satsifiction wrong? People would blieve that more anyway. She didn't even go to college. I went to brandies.

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Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 5:55 PM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Tom Stern
Re: Re: Match Gaame

You never know!

-Tom

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 5:59 PM PDT
To: Tom Stern
From: Debra Messing
Re: Re: Match Gaame

You SHOULD know, tom.

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Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 6:41 PM PDT
To: Debra Messing
From: Tom Stern
Re: Re: Match Gaame

I had a quick chat with Jen at the show and she told me it's nowhere near as bad as you think! Her impression was that it was just a cute, goofy moment and that the way you laughed it off showed a great deal of character and proved you're just the kind of panelist they'd want to have back.

Jen also said, and it's a great point, that what people loved about the original "Match Game" is that the panelists would get a little bit tipsy and silly. It gave the show a real party atmosphere so that the audience felt like they were in on the fun. Your little "satisfaction" typo ("pen-o"? haha) was a great throwback moment. So it sounds like you have nothing to be worried or embarrassed about. Roman will understand.

(Jen did confirm that they definitely can't cut around it for legal reasons.)

-Tom

Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Time: 6:45 PM PDT
To: Jessica Schwartz
From: Debra Messing
Re: NYT

Jessica, please make sure you get me a copy of the sunday times and get my glam squd booked for sunday. Might need a quick IG photo sash of me doing the crossword.

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