“But wait, can you talk for a sec?” Michele mimed.
But the real punch line came with the on-screen caption where the actor jokingly wrote: "Calling Jonathan to read me the comments on my first TikTok," referring to her showbiz pal and former Glee co-star Jonathan Groff.
For the caption, Michele simply wrote "lol" with some cheeky winking and tongue-out emojis.
Michele has addressed these rumours before in an interview with The New York Times, and the 36-year-old believes they are rooted in misogyny.
“I went to Glee every single day; I knew my lines every single day. And then there’s a rumour online that I can’t read or write? It’s sad. It really is," she told the publication.
“I think often if I were a man, a lot of this wouldn’t be the case.”
Though it looks like Michele is now in on the joke, and the video has received a whopping 8.3m views since it was posted yesterday (September 18), along with 1.4m likes and over 41,000 comments from people who were thoroughly entertained at the fact Michele cracked a joke about the internet theory.
One person wrote: "This is funny girl," referencing the production Michele is currently a part of.
"I CANT WITH YOU ANYMORE," another person said.
Someone else added: "SHE’S SELF AWARE."
"While I always maintained leaning into the joke was the way to go, I truly didn’t think you’d do it. Better late than never, well played Lea!," a fourth person commented.
Michele who is recovering from COVID-19, recently joined TikTok just a day ago where she duetted a viral video by Javi Rodriguez (@javirod305) who satirised her debut performance of Funny Girl.
"Clearly I can’t wait to get back to @funnygrlbwy next week," the caption read, as danced with a hairbrush next to Rodriguez in a side-by-side clip.
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