Lucas Till was "suicidal" on the set of MacGyver, because of showrunner Peter Lenkov.
Lenkov — whose credits include reboots of MacGyver, Magnum P.I. and Hawaii Five-0 — was recently fired by CBS following an investigation into claims he created a toxic work environment and Till, 29, alleges he was bullied and bodyshamed by the showrunner.
In a Vanity Fair piece about Lenkov's alleged toxic work behaviour, Till said, "I've never worked this hard in my life, and I am fine with hard work. But the way Peter treats people is just unacceptable. I was suicidal that first year on the show, because of the way he made me feel. But the way he's treated the people around me — that's just my breaking point."
A source added: "Peter has a thing against Lucas, you know? He just does. I witnessed Lucas change dramatically throughout this period, and it really hurt me. I hated seeing this happen with him because he's a great guy, and there's nothing wrong with him or his body."
Till, who's also known for playing Havok in three X-Men movies, revealed he first made a complaint to HR in 2017 and again in 2020 and he wrote: "There was always something about my appearance that wouldn't please him like when I was in a hospital gown and our producer...thought it was funny that [Lenkov] said my legs were 'f****** hideous' and we can never show them again.
"Honestly, I found some humour in that comment as well, but you can imagine if that was a more sensitive spot that he had hit, and often did. Just like the time he screamed at [a director] 'Oh, my f****** God! Tuck his shirt in, he looks like a little f****** boy.' Just hire a 35 year old then.
"I've struggled with maintaining 'man weight' on the show because of the stress, no time to work out, and an unpredictable schedule for proper nourishment."
But the HR didn't act on his complaints, Till said: "I think they just took it as some crazy actor trying to get more money. Essentially, they didn't take it seriously."
Lenkov's lawyer Dale Kinsella responded that the allegations are "100 per cent false and untrue" adding that Lenkov "has championed [Till] from the very beginning and has been nothing but supportive of him".
Lenkov has denied all allegations of abuse but said: "Now is the time to listen and I am listening. It's difficult to hear that the working environment I ran was not the working environment my colleagues deserved, and for that, I am deeply sorry. I accept responsibility for what I am hearing and am committed to doing the work that is required to do better and be better."— BANG
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