Will & Grace: Megan Mullally to miss multiple episodes of final season

For a couple of weeks it pretty much will be “Just Jack.”

TVLine has learned exclusively that Megan Mullally recently took a temporary leave of absence from the final, 18-episode season of Will & Grace that resulted in her missing two episodes as Karen. It’s not clear why Mullally took the time off, but her mini-departure comes amid rumors of friction on the set between her and co-star Debra Messing.

The scuttlebutt started earlier this year when sharp-eyed fans noticed that Mullally and Messing stopped following each other on Instagram. And in subsequent Will & Grace-themed social media posts, the pair have rarely been pictured together. (It also appears that Mullally has stopped following her aforementioned onscreen sidekick, Sean Hayes.)

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WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Gypsies, Tramps and Weed' Episode 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Cher as herself -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'It's the Gay Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Harry Connick Jr. as Leo Markus, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Marry Me a Little' Episode 8 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Harry Connick Jr. as Leo Markus, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Dyeing Is Easy, Comedy Is Hard' Episode 14 -- Pictured: (l-r) Rosie O'Donnell as Bonnie, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'May Divorce Be with You' Episode 22 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Macaulay Culkin as Jason 'J.T.' Towne, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Needle and the Omelet's Done' Episode 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Jared Ward as Chris -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'It's the Gay Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'It's the Gay Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Jason Marsden as Kim -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Marry Me a Little More' Episode 9 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Tim Bagley as Larry -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Das Boob' Episode 3 -- Aired 11/2/99 -- Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- Season 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Bill Reitzel/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Kevin Bacon as Himself, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Leslie Jordan as Beverley Leslie, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Finale' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Harry Connick Jr. as Leo Markus, Baby Lila, Debra Messing as Grace Adler (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Blanket Apology' Episode 19 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Sydney Pollack as George Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Blythe Danner as Marilyn Truman -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Partners 'N' Crime' Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christina Moore as Kitty, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Partners 'N' Crime' Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Laura Kightlinger as Sheila, Bobby Cannavale as Vince D'Angelo, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Eric McCormack as Will Truman (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'The Mourning Son' Episode 20 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jerry Levine as Joe, Tim Bagley as Larry, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Leigh Allyn Baker as Ellen, Blythe Danner as Marilyn Truman, Tom Gallop as Rob, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
WILL & GRACE -- 'Buy, Buy Baby' Episode 18 -- Aired 03/30/2006 -- Pictured: (l-r) George Takei as himself, Wanda Sykes as Cricket (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WILL & GRACE -- 'Buy, Buy Baby' Episode 18 -- Aired 03/30/2006 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Britney Spears as Amber-Louise, Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, George Takei as himself, Wanda Sykes as Cricket (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Eric McCormack — the only Will & Grace co-star with whom Mullally is still following on Instagram — downplayed talk of a feud earlier this fall, telling US Weekly that “people worried… entirely too much” about Instagram-gate, before adding, “The four of us get along like a house on fire, we always have.”

News of Mullally’s two-episode break arrives just hours before Will & Grace‘s hastily-moved-up 11th season is set to premiere on NBC. The two Karen-less episodes are slated to air later this season.

An NBC spokesperson declined to comment for this story. TVLine has also reached out to Mullally’s camp for comment.

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