In a brand new podcast interview, Glee alum Heather Morris defined why the solid felt “very scared” to report Lea Michele’s bullying to Fox execs
After Lea Michele took to Twitter in a since-deleted tweet final summer season in assist of the rising Black Lives Matter motion, a number of of her Glee co-stars got here ahead with accusations in opposition to Michele, together with that she made solid member Samantha Ware’s first job in tv “a living hell” and made racist feedback and engaged in aggressive habits in the direction of different Black girls on the set. Reports additionally surfaced that Michele’s habits prolonged to extras and behind-the-scenes crew of the hit sequence, which ran on Fox from 2009 to 2015.
Michele rapidly apologized on Instagram, claiming that she didn’t keep in mind the situations she was accused of, including, “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. 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 on my own shortcomings.”
Other accusations continued to roll in, with one of many present’s stars, Heather Morris, taking to Twitter seemingly to corroborate the tales. Morris says Michele was “unpleasant to work with,” including, “for Lea to treat others with the disrespect that she did for as long as she did, I believe she SHOULD be called out.”
— heather (@HeatherMorrisTV) June 3, 2020
In an interview on the May 26 episode of Danny Pellegrino’s podcast Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino, Morris opened up additional about Michele’s habits behind the scenes, sharing why the solid was “very scared” to report it to higher-ups on the community, earlier than then getting flak for not being extra easy concerning the allegations in opposition to Michele in her tweet final yr.
“I remember getting so much shade and people were like, ‘This is so fucking cryptic. Why don’t you go out and say it?’” Morris stated of the tales going public, which coincided with Michele’s first being pregnant final summer season. “I’m like, ‘Guys, she’s pregnant and all this stuff is going around.’ … I don’t know if maybe we were victims of bullying, and that’s a typical victim thing to do to blame yourself, which is what people were saying, but … the only person who was honest about it was [the late] Naya [Rivera].”
Morris stated that Michele’s habits “was something that was very hush-hush on set, and now you see all these things coming out with these bigger names who were very disrespectful and mistreated a lot of people,” she famous. “We absolutely could have stepped up and gone to the Fox execs and said how we felt about the situation, and nobody really did. And so now we are living in a culture where it’s acceptable to go do things like that, whereas I think many people [back then] were very scared. I know, genuinely, I didn’t feel like it was my place. And I don’t know why, because I was a cast member just like everybody else, and we all deserve to feel comfortable on a set.”
Asked if there was “a specific instance” or simply “always an elephant in the room,” Morris stated it was “it was the elephant in the room.” She added, “we all got close with Lea at certain points, and then we all weren’t as close with her, and so there’s a human element to it to understanding who this person is, growing with that person, seeing her try to become better. And, you know, taking care of herself after Corey [Monteith] passed. You know, it was just the elephant in the room.”
She shared that she hasn’t been in contact with Michele just lately however needs her and her household all the perfect.