Chris Carmack, who plays closeted country singer and guitar player Will Lexington on the ABC drama Nashville, has warned gay country stars against coming out.

Carmack's season 1 recurring character returns as a series regular on the show's second season, which premiered Wednesday.

The 32-year-old Carmack was asked by gay glossy Out whether he thinks “it's possible to be openly gay and a successful country singer?”

“People I've spoken to say that at a certain level it’d be career suicide for somebody to come out of the closet. That's a terrible kind of fame. I don't think executives would give Will the time of day. That's a damn shame, but in country music there's a stigma that's insurmountable,” Carmack answered.