Gossip Girl Star Blasts Taylor Momsen's Critics, Hints at Jenny's Return

Gossip Girl‘s Connor Paolo has a message for critics of his embattled costar Taylor Momsen: Pick on someone your own size.

“She’s 17 years-old,” Paolo harrumphs. “I don’t think anyone has any right to say anything negative being that she — as mature and self-possessed as she is — is still young. It’s not fair. No one has a right to attack someone of that age.”

Although Paolo didn’t single out any particular Momsen detractor, her most high-profile critic of late has been Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn. This fall, Heidi Klum’s ubiquitous sidekick — coming off of a guest stint in which he played mentor to Momsen’s Jenny — blasted the actress for her lack of professionalism on the set. The Pretty Reckless singer has also drawn fire for her barely-there wardrobe choices and expletive-laced tirades against the likes of Miley Cyrus. All this comes as Momsen’s screen time on Gossip Girl has decreased significantly; despite still being billed as a series regular, Jenny has been seen in just four episodes this season.

“I miss her dearly,” Paolo confesses. “I try to see her as much as I can, and make it to [as many of her] shows as I can. She’s one of my best friends. It sucks not having her around.”

And while it remains unclear when (or if) Momsen will return to the Upper East Side, Paolo insists she’s still part of the show. “Jenny’s always lying in wait,” he says with a chuckle. “She could pop out of the bushes with her machete of eyeliner at any time.”