Glee's Matthew Morrison Breaks Silence On Lea Michele Bullying Allegations — With Cryptic Comments
Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele previously dated.
Matthew Morrison says discussing Lea Michele's alleged behaviour on the Glee set is a "distraction of the bigger issues".
Morrison — who played Mr Schuester on Glee alongside Michele, 33, as Rachel Berry — refused to comment on multiple allegations of bullying from former co-stars, including Samantha Marie Ware claiming that Michele threatened to have her fired.
Speaking on F UBAR Radio's Access All Areas, Morrison, 41, said: "I honestly think it's a distraction of the bigger issues that are going on right now. It's kind of like, ah.
"You want to be a good, pleasant person to be around. That's about all I'm going to say on that."
In her 2014 autobiographical book Brunette Ambition, Michele admitted that she and Morrison briefly dated in their Broadway days before they were reunited in Glee.
Ware — who starred as Jane Hayward in the musical comedy-drama series — recently took to Twitter to respond to a tweet Lea had written expressing her support for George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.
She replied: "LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD "'S**T IN MY WIG!' AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD... (sic)."
Fellow Glee actors Alex Newell, Amber Riley and Dabier Snell reacted to the tweet in support of Samantha.
Newell and Riley shared gifs, with the former posting the "Get her, Jade" meme from RuPaul's 'Drag Race', while Dabier wrote: "GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE 'I DIDNT BELONG THERE' F**K YOU LEA (sic)."
Community actress Yvette Nicole Brown showed her support for Ware by writing: "I felt every one of those capital letters."
And Newell replied: "Felt like claps!!"
Following the tweets, Michele said issued an apology and said that while she doesn't specifically remember making hurtful remarks towards her, it is "not really the point".
She said in a statement: "What matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people.
"One of the most important lessons of the last few weeks is that we need to take the time to listen and learn about other people's perspectives and any role we have played or anything we can do to help address the injustices that they face."— BANG
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