Glee star Jane Lynch says Julia Roberts can thank her for outing her as gay, reported.

In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres airing Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Lynch jokes that Roberts is gay.

“If Julia Roberts were gay, I think it would be harder. She's an ingenue,” Lynch says.

“So, you're saying Julia Roberts is gay?” DeGeneres responds in surprise.

“That's what I'm saying. Right here on this show,” Lynch jokes. “She won't admit it. I'm here to tell you she's gay. You're welcome, Julia.”

DeGeneres came out in 1997 on the cover of Time and married Australian actress Portia de Rossi in 2008 during the brief June-to-November window when gay marriage was legal in California. De Rossi recently filed paperwork to change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres.

Lynch, 50, who followed the chat show host's footsteps, first coming out gay then earlier this year marrying her girlfriend, psychologist Lara Embry, in Massachusetts, thanked DeGeneres for paving the way.

“You were at the height of your fame and you came out,” Lynch said. “And that just blazed a trail for me. It really did. It made it so much easier for me, what you did.”

Glee, which stars Lynch as the sharp-tongued coach Sue Sylvester, returns to Fox for its second season on Tuesday, September 21.