‘Glee’ star Heather Morris says people were ‘very scared’ to address Lea Michele’s behavior
Heather Morris is elaborating on her past remarks regarding Lea Michele’s “unpleasant” behavior while working on “Glee.”
Last year, “Glee” actress Samantha Ware accused Michele for making her first “television gig a living hell” and for “traumatic microaggressions” among other claims. Michele, who was pregnant with her first child at the time, issued an apology, saying she was “very sorry” and “will be better in the future from this experience.”
During Wednesday’s episode of “Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino” Morris further opened up about her experience speaking out last year and working with Michele on “Glee.”
Morris originally chimed in on Twitter in response to Michele’s apology in June 2020 and said the actress deserved to be called out for treating others “with the disrespect that she did for as long as she did.”
Lea Michele apologizes after ‘Glee’s Samantha Ware accuses her of ‘traumatic microaggressions’
Though Morris said she got criticized for being “cryptic” in her response to Michele, she defended her approach by noting Michele was pregnant when “all this stuff is going around.”
“It’s true and I don’t know if maybe we were victims of bullying, and that’s a typical victim thing to do is to blame yourself, which is what people were saying, but it also is very true and the only person who was honest about it was Naya (Rivera),” Morris told Pellegrino.
GLEE: Mercedes (Amber Riley, C), Santana (Naya Rivera, L) and Brittany (Heather Morris, R) perform in the 'Saturday Night Glee-ver' episode of GLEE that aired April 17, 2012 on FOX. (Photo: Adam Rose/FOX)
Morris said people now feel comfortable with coming forward about their experiences of being mistreated, but Michele’s behavior wasn’t something that was talked about on set.
“We absolutely could’ve stepped up and gone to the Fox execs and said how we felt about the situation and nobody really did. Now we are living in a culture where it’s acceptable to go do things like that whereas I think many people were very scared,” Morris said. I know genuinely I didn’t feel like it was my place and I don’t know why because I was a cast member like everybody else. We all deserve to feel comfortable on a set.”
Morris added she hasn’t heard from Michele since the incident.
USA TODAY has reached out to Morris and Michele’s reps for comment.
In her apology last year, Michele acknowledged she “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,” she wrote.
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