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T.J. Miller made major headlines when he decided to leave Silicon Valley in May 2017, and his series of comments about everything from his character to his relationship with costar Thomas Middleditch shocked many of his fans. Some of his subsequent actions resulted in Miller gaining a less-than-wonderful reputation, and he recently faced accusations of bullying from former Silicon Valley actress Alice Wetterlund. Now Miller has come out to address the accusations, and he denies that he ever bullied her. Here's how he put it:
It was not my experience that anyone was bullying her or being mean to her. Truthfully, I felt like it was difficult to work with her because she kept interrupting Zach Woods. And that was my perspective of it. I don't think that anybody was bullying her. I think at the very least, obviously there was a disconnect because she's saying these negative things about me and then attacking the mostly all-male cast of Silicon Valley.
Alice Wetterlund played computer engineer Carla Walton on Seasons 2 and 3 of Silicon Valley, and she made a splash back in July when she took to Twitter to call T.J. Miller a "bully and petulant brat," even going so far as to claim that male cast members and others on set "enabled him and were complicit in his unprofessionalism." In Wetterlund's opinion (as shared via tweet) was that these people "can fuck off forever." T.J. Miller makes it clear in his comments on Jim Norton & Sam Roberts that he definitely does not remember Wetterlund's time on set the same way.
In fact, T.J. Miller has his own claim to make about Alice Wetterlund and her behavior on set. According to Miller, Wetterlund had a habit of interrupting Silicon Valley Miller's co-star Zach Woods, and he went on in the interview to clarify his statement to mean that she would interrupt during takes and even when she was off-screen. He's certainly not off-base when he says that there's a "disconnect" between how Wetterlund and Miller each recall her time on Silicon Valley.
No members of the Silicon Valley cast apparently made any public comments about Alice Wetterlund's behavior on set while she was working on the show, and I have to wonder if T.J. Miller was only so candid about his feelings regarding Wetterlund and her accusations because he left Silicon Valley when he felt the time was right to move on and focus on other projects. Current Silicon Valley stars haven't weighed in on the situation the way Miller has.
If T.J. Miller was still on the show, I imagine Silicon Valley could be the target of public opinion backlash. Although Alice Wetterlund did mention Miller's costars enabling his alleged behavior on set, she didn't name any of them specifically or name any specific instances of bullying on set that might cause the show trouble as it continues on HBO. Only time will tell if Silicon Valley faces any more allegations from previous members of the cast.
Silicon Valley was renewed for Season 6 along with another HBO comedy earlier this year, so fans can count on seeing more of the characters not played by T.J. Miller back on the small screen. For what you can watch over hiatus, swing by our fall TV premiere guide. If you're now in the mood to relive the earlier days of Silicon Valley when both T.J. Miller and Alice Wetterlund were part of the cast, you can find the full series so far streaming on HBO Now.