Glee’s Lea Michele found herself in hot water recently. After tweeting out support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Michele’s former co-star Samantha Ware called her out, alleging that Michele made Ware’s first television gig a “living hell,” and that Michele’s “traumatic microaggressions” caused Ware to rethink being an actress altogether.
Samantha Ware wasn’t the only former Glee star spotlighting Lea Michele’s alleged behavior. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist star Alex Newell, who is also an alum of the Fox show, responded with a gif of RuPaul pulling out the binoculars. Meanwhile, Michele’s former Mayor co-star and Community alum Yvette Nicole Brown responded in support of Ware, tweeting that she “felt every one of those capital letters.” Now, Michele has finally broken her silence and has issued an apology for her on-set behavior. Here’s part of the apology Michele posted to Instagram:
While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that’s not really the point. What matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people. Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused. We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect my own shortcomings.
Lea Michele went on to say that she’s a couple of months shy of becoming a mother and that the mistakes she’s made in the past will be lessons she passes along to her child. Michele said that she’s “very sorry” and will make sure to “be better.” You can read the actress’ entire apology post below.
The allegations of Lea Michele’s on-set behavior towards her co-stars even landed her in hot water with HelloFresh, the recipe kit delivery service. The company has terminated its partnership with Michele after learning of her alleged behavior, and that decision was effective immediately. A representative for HelloFresh made the announcement in response to another tweet calling for the company to cut ties with Michele.
Other Glee alum also responded to Samantha Ware’s claims, albeit more passively. Shortly after Ware tweeted the allegations, Amber Riley, who played Mercedes, tweeted a gif of herself looking sideways and drinking from a mug. Meanwhile, Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist, who played Marley, liked Ware’s post on Twitter, as well as Riley’s gif tweet and another that included a screenshot of HelloFresh terminating the partnership with Michele.
Back in 2014, rumors swirled that Lea Michele and Glee co-star Naya Rivera were feuding. In Rivera’s 2016 memoir, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up, she alleged that Michele didn’t speak to her for all of Glee Season 6.
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