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Gilmore Girls' Milo Ventimiglia Tries (And Fails) to Defend Jess

"I'm never going to live this down"

Sadie Gennis

Let's just make this clear: Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimiglia) is one of, if not the greatest Gilmore Girls characters of all time. He has perfect hair, cool jackets and always carries a book in his back pocket because reading is sexy af.

Due to his undeniable charisma (and that hair... Did we mention the hair already?), fans have a tendency to sugarcoat Jess. But if we're being totally honest here, Jess did some truly terrible things over the course of Gilmore Girls' run, the most egregious of which was when he broke up with Rory (Alexis Bledel) by moving across the country without telling her.

So what did Ventimiglia have to say about Jess' less than perfect track record?

"I think Jess gave Rory every opportunity to be with him," Ventimiglia explained. "He even broke up with a girl because she said she wanted to be with him. He bought the basket."

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However, Ventimiglia's This Is Us co-stars Mandy Moore and Sterling K. Brown, who just happened to be on-hand during the Great Jess Debate of 2016, weren't buying the actor's defense. "It's not a justification," insisted Moore, while Brown opted to go the Game of Thrones route chanting, "Shame! Shame! Shame!"

Maybe it was the fact he knew Gilmore Girls would be returning soon, or maybe it was being publically shamed by the woman gave us "Candy" and the man who brought Chris Darden to life, but at this, Ventimiglia realized he'll never quite escape Jess' bad behavior.

"I'm never going to live it down," he admitted.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life debuts on Netflix on Friday, Nov. 25.