Messing will skip last four ''Will & Grace'' eps. Doctor tells expectant Debra: Don't do your day job before your due date

By Gary Susman
March 30, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Debra Messing: Kevork Djansezian/AP
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”Will & Grace” will end the season less than Grace-fully. The very pregnant Debra Messing will be sitting out the last four episodes on the orders of her doctor, Reuters reports. That means she’ll miss the big season finale, taping this week and scheduled to air April 29, around the time the Emmy-winning actress is due to deliver the baby, the first for her and husband Daniel Zelman.

Messing’s spokeswoman, Annett Wolf, told Reuters that the 35-year-old actress is doing ”great,” and that her pregnancy has no complications. Nonetheless, Wolf said, Messing’s physician ”ordered her to be careful and take it easy, and preferably bed rest.”

The finale will feature Karen’s (Megan Mullally) Las Vegas wedding to her British beau, played by John Cleese. The top-rated sitcom’s creators, who have been hiding Messing’s pregnancy all season with loose-fitting clothes and strategically placed furniture, will cite an illness to explain Grace’s absence. Still, there’ll be one special guest at the nuptials: Jennifer Lopez, who’ll mark her first appearance on a primetime TV comedy since her career-launching stint as one of the Fly Girl dancers on ”In Living Color” a decade ago.

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