Will & Grace's Max Mutchnick disagrees with actors Rupert Everett and Richard Chamberlain on whether Hollywood is homophobic.

Mutchnick, who co-created the long-running NBC sitcom about a gay lawyer and his best friend, has rejected claims by Everett and Chamberlain that openly gay actors can't get work in Hollywood.

Chamberlain, who came out gay at the age of 69 in his 2003 memoir Shattered Love, advised gay actors to remain closeted in an interview with gay glossy The Advocate.

“There's still a tremendous amount of homophobia in our culture,” he said. “It's regrettable, it's stupid, it's heartless, and it's immoral, but there it is. For an actor to be working is a kind of miracle, because most actors aren't, so it's just silly for a working actor to say, 'Oh, I don't care if anybody knows I'm gay' – especially if you're a leading man.”

“Personally, I wouldn't advise a gay leading man-type actor to come out.”

British actor Everett expressed a similar sentiment, saying work for him dried up after he announced he was gay.

But Mutchnick, who is also gay, disagreed, telling Entertainment Weekly that Hollywood is not homophobic.

“I don't think the audience is as homophobic as the media would have us believe,” he said. “Neither is Hollywood. I've never denied an actor a job because he was gay, but I have denied actors jobs because they suck. There is no blacklist that forbids gay actors from playing straight roles. Convince us you're in love with her and we'll hire you. And I promise we won't care who you're cuddling up with when you're off camera.”