Living in the sticks, we're guessing Broadway gossip merits an afternoon edition of New York's daily newspapers. If not, we're disappointed, especially when it involves something as catty as Megan Mullally's recent (almost) return to the stage.

According to The New York Times, the Oklahoma-raised actress was two weeks deep into rehearsals for the Broadway revival of Terrence McNally's "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" when she put her feet forward and exited the project, contract be damned.

Why? Because apparently she felt her co-star, comedian Patton Oswalt, was too inexperienced. Behind the scenes, Mullally reportedly pushed to have him replaced, but when the play's director wouldn't fire Oswalt, Mullally abruptly quit in protest.

Last year, Oswalt delivered a critically acclaimed dramatic performance in the film "Big Fan," the Times notes (and CFN seconds), so perhaps her departure was much ado about nothing.

At any rate, when did Mullally become a bastion of upstanding work? We mean, have you seen her musical TV commercial for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, aka "Turn the Tub Around"?

Really, Megan? Really? That's 10 times more embarrassing than anything Oswalt has ever done " and he was in Queen Latifah/Jimmy Fallon's "Taxi"!

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