updated 11/02/2013 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/02/2013 AT 3:20 PM ET
The Mike and Molly star laughed with Jay Leno on Friday as she discussed the fallout over her choice to sport a large Marina Rinaldi coat on the cover of ELLE’s Women in Hollywood issue.
Some people complained that the plus-size star was hidden under the large jacket, while other slimmer stars were featured showing lots of skin.
“There was a big to-do about it, which kind of made me laugh. How dare someone put me in a $3,000 coat?” the Oscar nominee, 43, said with mock outrage. “That’s terrible!”
The Plainfield, Ill., native said that the warm weather in L.A. was to blame.
“I had a great little black dress on, and on the way out [of the dressing room] I was like, ‘I can’t wait for fall, I’m so sick of the hot weather,’ ” she said. Spying the coat, “I was like, ‘Oooh, is that cashmere?’ and I pulled it off and ran upstairs, and then Jacket Gate started.”
She revealed that Andy Samberg gave the controversy that name when they caught up at a recent Elle magazine event. “[Andy] screamed, ‘Let’s get to the bottom of Jacket Gate!’ And then he said a lot of things I can’t repeat.”
While she laughs about it, there is one thing she doesn’t find funny. “I want to know why I don’t own the coat,” she deadpanned. “I want the coat. I really want the coat.”