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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW: Glee's Darren Criss Defends LiLo Jokes - 'I've Got No Beef With Lindsay'

Nov. 22 2010, Published 1:00 p.m. ET

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We caught up with Darren Criss on the red carpet of Rolling Stone Restaurant & Lounge’s AMA After Party on Sunday in Los Angeles, where the newest Glee hunk gave us his take on last week's mini-controversy that started after hovering show biz mom Dina Lohan was irked her daughter Lindsay was used as a punch line on the program.

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As previously reported, last week's episode featured Gwyneth Paltrow as Holly Holiday, a cool substitute teacher filling in for the day. Paltrow's character on the show used LiLo to connect to the students, teaching the kids the Spanish translations for how many times Lilo's been in rehab, how totally crazy she is and more.

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In response, Dina issued a statement through her attorney saying, "We are sadly disappointed in the writers’ choice to have such a huge talent like Gwyneth Paltrow relay such hurtful words against a contemporary."

Criss echoed Dina's words - saying the line wasn't Paltrow's idea, but the show's writers - but added that the embattled Mean Girls star has become the "go-to joke” of the times.

"When Michael Jackson was alive he was the go-to, make-fun-of joke," Criss, 23, said. "Now, Lindsay's that person. I love her, but that's just the way the media works ... I got no beef with Lindsay."

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Glee star Matthew Morrison was decidedly less diplomatic when we got his take on Dina's anger over the lines.

"I was not aware that Dina Lohan was upset that we made a little fun of Lindsay in the Spanish skit," he told exclusively. "Hey, it's comedy. And I'll make sure we'll make fun of Lindsay and Dina every chance we get!"

Of Paltrow, Morrison said, "Gwyneth was great,  and I'm hoping she's gonna be back on the show."



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