Three – Chris Colfer, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet – of the six men nominated for an Emmy on Thursday in the supporting comedy actor category play gay on television, and two, Colfer and Ferguson, play gay men in real life, too.

Colfer, who plays gay student Kurt Hummel on the Fox musical-comedy Glee, told Entertainment Weekly that the nod was a surprise: “There were rumors that I might get nominated again, but I was thinking I wouldn't. It was a surprise. I think there is so much anxiety that comes with award shows and nominations and I was focusing on all the bad. The category is so so tough, so selective, that I didn't think I [would] get another nomination.”

Ferguson and Stonestreet play gay couple Mitchell Pritchett and Cameron Tucker, respectively, on the ABC Wednesday night sitcom Modern Family.

Also nominated in the category are Modern Family co-stars Ty Burrell and Ed O'Neill and Two and Half Men's Jon Cryer.

Colfer also responded to Glee creator Ryan Murphy's announcement that his character would not return in season 4.

“It was bound to happen sooner or later,” he said, adding that he is interested in returning to the show after next year.

“I would love to pull a Farrah Fawcett from Charlie's Angels and come back every 10th episode. I'd be the obnoxious recurring star!”