Matthew Morrison, 41, appeared reluctant to comment on the allegations of bullying behavior surrounding his Glee co-star Lea Michele, 33, on Wednesday.
The actor, who played Will Schuester on the popular TV series from 2009-2015, was visibly uncomfortable while making the comments on FUBAR Radio’s Access All Areas.
‘I honestly think it’s a distraction of the bigger issues that are going on right now,’ the Grey’s Anatomy alum said.
Tight-lipped: Matthew Morrison, 41, appeared reluctant to comment on the allegations of bullying behavior surrounding his Glee co-star Lea Michele, 33, on Wednesday. The co-stars seen here in 2011
‘It’s kind of like, eh,’ the Broadway star said, playing down the gravity of the allegations.
‘You want to be a good, pleasant person to be around,’ the father-of-one then stated diplomatically.
‘That’s about all I’m going to say on that.’
Michele rose to prominence on Glee as Rachel Berry, and like Morrison was on the show from 2009-2015.
Over the past several weeks, Michele has been on the receiving end of backlash over her alleged on-set behavior, ranging from claims of racial discrimination to other forms of unprovoked cruelty.
But some friends and former co-workers of Michele’s told The Post that the Glee alum has ‘had a real wake-up call’ and wants to ‘responsibly’ right her wrongs.
‘She is listening, she hears what everyone says and wants to apologize. This is her past and she wants to handle things responsibly,’ claimed one insider.
They added: ‘It’s never easy to hear people speak about you this way. It’s a total shock.’
On-set: The actor, who played Will Schuester on the popular TV series from 2009-2015, made the comments on FUBAR Radio’s Access All Areas on Wednesday
One former co-worker of Lea’s did not deny that Michele was notoriously difficult to work with, but insisted she was never purposely discriminatory.
‘Lea was a b**ch to a lot of people who are now taking the opportunity to come forward.
‘She may not be the nicest person, but she’s not racist, sexist or transphobic. I would say she has behavioral issues that she’s dealing with,’ concluded the source.
The Post was also told by an anonymous source that Lea has reached out to a number of her former co-stars upon learning of their public disdain for her and her behavior.
But whether the star has heard back or if any reconciliations have occurred remains unknown at this time.
On Thursday another former colleague claimed that Lea did not ‘discriminate’ because her treatment of everyone was the same, coming from a place of being ‘completely self-obsessed.’
Speaking to Us Weekly earlier this month, the unnamed source said ‘It didn’t matter if you were young or old, black or white — it’s just kind of her world.
‘Though she was completely self-obsessed toward everyone, she did not discriminate,’ the source said.
Squirm: ‘You want to be a good, pleasant person to be around,’ the father-of-one stated diplomatically. Seen here with Lea in 2009
Accusations of on-set bullying began with a tweet from Michele’s co-star Samantha Ware earlier this month, accusing her of being rude to her on set and behaving with ‘traumatic microaggressions’.
Others then piled on to the actress with allegations of their own, including Heather Morris, Dabier Snell and Yvette Nicole Brown.
Michele was subsequently dropped by her sponsor, HelloFresh.
Michele, who is expecting her first child with husband Zandy Reich later this year, apologized for her behavior earlier this month, and said she has ‘never judged others by their background or color of their skin.’
She also insisted she will learn from the mistakes she has made so she ‘can be a real role model for my child’ when she gives birth in a couple of months.
Ignition: Accusations of on-set bullying began with a tweet from Michele’s co-star Samantha Ware earlier this month, accusing her of being rude to her on set and behaving with ‘traumatic microaggressions’. Ware seen here in 2019
All the stars that have spoken out against Lea Michele
Glee actress Samantha re-ignited rumors of Lea Michele’s alleged bad behavior on-set, when she responded to Michele’s post regarding the death of George Floyd earlier this week. Ware, 33, said: ‘Remember when you made my first television gig a living hell?!?!… ‘Cause I’ll never forget… I believe you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would ‘s*** in my wig!’ amongst other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood.’
Kicking off: Samantha Ware made claims about Lea Michele earlier this week.
Alex – who starred as Unique Adams on series for four seasons – promptly aired his feelings on Twitter. ‘We ain’t got not a damn thing to lie about 6 years later!’ he replied to one fan who suggested they were making false accusations about Michele’s behavior.
Actor Dabier Snell, who appeared in one episode of Glee, claimed he wasn’t allowed to sit with Michele on set, saying: ‘GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE ‘I DIDNT BELONG THERE’ F–K YOU LEA.’
Bad memories: Lea on Glee with Chris Colfer and Heather Morris
Morris, 33, who played cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce on the Ryan Murphy show, claims Michele was ‘very’ unpleasant to work with, saying: ”Was she unpleasant to work with? Very much so; for Lea to treat others with the disrespect that she did for as long as she did, I believe she SHOULD be called out.’
Supergirl star Melissa Benoist, who appeared on Glee with Lea Michele, liked a series of posts describing star’s bullying and abusive behavior toward castmates. Benoist appeared on Glee’s fourth season playing a character named Marley Rose. She sang a duet with Michele on the series. She also pressed the heart button on tweets from Glee’s Alex Newell and Amber Riley that essentially endorsed the spirit of Ware’s sentiments
Riley, who played Mercedes Jones in the through all six seasons, shared two GIFs of herself following the allegations, one raising her hand, while the other sipping tea. The response caused a stir among fans who saw it as a subtle way of the actress chiming in. Later, she made clear she wasn’t focused on the controversy amid the turbulent times of social unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, and would only speak on the topic once while appearing on Instagram Live. She said, ‘I don’t give a s*** about this Lea Michele thing – I really don’t give a f*** … people are out here dying and being murdered by police. I don’t give a s*** about this Lea Michele thing – I wish her well, I hope she has an amazing pregnancy, I hope that she has grown.’
RHONY’s Aviva Drescher
Even Real Housewives of New York star Aviva Drescher had a story to tell, commenting: ‘You were once very unkind to me so I am not surprised by your behavior. You shouldn’t judge others before looking in the mirror.’ Michele made disparaging remarks about Drescher during an episode of Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live.
Awkward: Lea slated Aviva on a 2014 appearance on Watch What Happens Live!
Scream Queens actress Breslin, 24, was another former co-star who was caught ‘liking’ a smattering of tweets about the controversy. Including one that read: “not everyone agreeing that something felt off about Lea Michele… where have y’all been i’ve BEEN saying this FOR YEARS??? i thought i was alone.’
Yvette Nicole Brown
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown also gave her support to Ware. ‘I felt every one of those capital letters,’ the Community actress tweeted ‘EVERY person on a set matters. EVERY person on a set deserves respect. And it is the RESPONSIBILITY of every series regular to make EVERY person who visits their home feel welcome. This dismissive attitude is what’s wrong in Hollywood AND the world.’
The Mayor actor reacted to an array of replies to Ware’s initial tweet, including one directly asking Yvette Nicole Brown: ‘I assume u feel the same since u worked with her?’
Under fire: Lea Michele in
Broadway actor Gerard Canonico, 30, was an understudy in the original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening starring Michele and her BFF Jonathan Groff. ‘You were nothing but a nightmare to me and fellow understudy cast members. You made us feel like we didn’t belong there,’ Canonico wrote in a comment on her Instagram apology, which he had re-posted after claiming it had initially been deleted.
Actress Elizabeth Aldrich – who was Michele’s understudy in Ragtime – claimed on Twitter: ‘She was absolutely awful to me and ensemble. She demeaned the crew and threatened to have people fired if she was in anyway displeased. I used to cry every night from the mean and manipulative things she would do. She was 12. She was terrifying.’
Glee co-star Iqbal Theba said he was not mistreated by the star and took to Twitter to write: ‘Lot of people r assuming that @LeaMichele mistreated me. Let me state it clearly that I was never mistreated by her. And if some of the cast were treated badly then she has apologized for it which is wonderful. But being called a racist is too heavy & unfair a burden 4 most of us, specially in these troubled times.’
Trans model Plastic recalled an incident with Lea in the women’s bathroom at the 2010 Emmy Awards. She told The Sun: ‘She goes, ”Excuse me?” and she looks at her friends, looks at me again, and says, ”Excuse you, you’re in the woman’s bathroom”. I went from feeling like I was on cloud nine to feeling like a circus freak.’
Dean Geyer – who played Brody Weston, the boyfriend of Michele’s character Rachel Berry, for 14 episodes – had nothing but nice things to say about her. ‘Lea is still one of my favourite co-stars that I have had the pleasure of working with. She is extremely hard working and super fun to be around,’ he said.
The Voice star Jordan Pruitt chimed in on Friday, tweeting: ‘Everyone in Hollywood KNOWS that Lea Michele is a horrible human being …. she is a B**** to everyone. We all know it … yawn. Moving on …’