Arrested Development recently returned to Netflix with a brand new season, but the buzz about Season 5 wasn't all filled with laughs. Ahead of the new release, an interview with the cast was released that revealed Jessica Walter had been quite upset by an incident with Jeffrey Tambor. Tambor allegedly yelled at Walter on set, and Walter teared up when recounting what happened. Netflix cancelled the cast's overseas press tour in the wake of the resulting scandal. Now, Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz has spoken out on the incident, saying this:
Mitch Hurwitz was aware of the incident in which Jeffrey Tambor shouted at Jessica Walter but did not understand just how affected Walter was afterward. Hurwitz wasn't on set himself, and it sounds like the footage from the dailies didn't give an adequate impression of the emotional impact on Walter. Hearing about the problem and seeing bits of it in footage apparently weren't enough for Hurwitz to expect how hurt Walter was in the aftermath. In fact, it seems like Hurwitz wasn't even aware that Tambor reportedly had walked off set when he walked out of the camera's frame.
In his interview with Deadline, Mitch Hurwitz also revealed that he wasn't on stage with the cast as much as he was for the production of previous seasons. According to Hurwitz, he delivered scripts later than intended and wasn't available on set the way the cast would have preferred. His increased absence from set undoubtedly played a part in his misunderstanding of the gravity of Jessica Walter's reaction to Jeffrey Tambor on the day in question. Hurwitz went on in the interview to say this about his feelings in the aftermath of the incident making news:
All things considered, it sounds like Mitch Hurwitz regrets that he was unable to help diffuse the situation on set and come to understand Jessica Walter's feelings. He truly may have had no comprehension that there was an issue at all beyond some slight bickering on set if Walter hadn't spoken up about her feelings regarding her interaction with Jeffrey Tambor while filming the new season of Arrested Development. If the show continues, we can only hope that the working conditions will be comfortable for everybody involved.
Only time will tell what happens next for the Arrested Development crew. You can find all five seasons of the show -- including the remixed fourth season -- streaming on Netflix now. Our 2018 Netflix guide can point you toward more streaming options, and our summer TV premiere schedule can help you plan the rest of your viewing lineup.
Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.
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