Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Lea DeLaria lent each other thousands over the years
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Lea DeLaria’s decades-long friendship goes so deep they’ve lent each other thousands of dollars over the years.
“I gave him $4,000 so he could live,” the “Orange Is the New Black” star exclusively told Page Six at the opening of Ferguson’s Broadway play, “Take Me Out,” on Monday evening. “Maybe it was $2,000, now that I think about it.”
She added, “He was going to get a day job and I said, ‘I will pay you not to get a day job because you need to be concentrating on what you’re doing.’”
DeLaria revealed that when she had some issues with the IRS, Ferguson repaid the favor and gave her some cash.
“We’ve always gotten each other’s backs,” the performer, 63, explained of the pair — who met while performing “On The Town” in 1998. “It’s always been that way with the two of us. I know that I can call Jesse at 2 a.m., 3 a.m., even if he’s in LA and Jesse will be on the first plane back to NY, it’s that kind of friendship.”
Following the Broadway show, Ferguson confirmed that they’ve loaned money to one another, but recalled a very different amount.
“For some reason, I remember [the amount she lent] it being like $50,000,” he said.
And as for when he repaid the loan, the actor, 46, joked, “Probably it was a longer time than I should have paid it back. It was probably the third season of ‘Modern Family.’”
“No, I probably gave it to her before that,” he corrected himself. “It was probably when I made my first paycheck in TV that I was able to pay her back. It was a hefty sum she lent me.”
And as for how much he lent her to deal with the IRS, Ferguson claims, “It was more than she lent me, that’s for sure!”
The pals will soon be seeing a lot more of each other as DeLaria gets ready to star in “POTUS,” which is opening on Broadway across the street from “Take Me Out.”
“We’re discussing [after show meals], but I’m pretty sure we’re not going to be the only ones,” DeLaria noted. “A lot of people in both these shows know each other. I feel like the bar at Sardi’s is going to be crowded after our shows.”
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