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Glee producer claims men on set were ‘bullies-in-chief’ and just as bad as Lea Michele


Glee’s producer has thrown shade at the whole show (Picture: Channel 4)

A former Glee producer has claimed there were male stars on set whose behaviour was just as bad as Lea Michele’s.

Lea, who played Rachel Berry on the Fox comedy, issued an apology yesterday after it was claimed that she made actress Samantha Marie Ware’s life a ‘living hell’ on set.

After Michele tweeted in support of Black Lives Matter, Ware tweeted: ‘LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET.

‘I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD “S*** IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD… [sic].’

Now, Marti Noxon, who worked on Glee as a producer, has suggested that there is more bad behaviour from the show to be uncovered.

In now deleted tweets, she wrote: ‘Re: @LeaMichele. Hey, I’m all for calling out bad behaviour and even for some schadenfreude when that behaviour is punished.

‘That said, on GLEE there were LOTS of bad actors. Who were NOT women. People in the industry know who I’m talking about. Why aren’t we calling them out?

Noxon called on male allies to speak out (Picture: George Pimentel/WireImage)

‘It seems to me that women are the first to go under the bus. But a lot of males get away with being the bullies-in-chief. How come we let them get away with it? Maybe it’s because as long as they earn someone money, they get a pass.’

When a follower suggested she call out the men, Noxon wrote: ‘I’m going to leave that to my male allies. It’s their turn.’

Noxon made no specific allegations. 

Glee boasted a huge cast over the years, with more characters joining in the later series after the original glee club graduated.

The original series cast include Matthew Morrison as Will Schuester, Lea Michele as Rachel Berry, Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson, Kevin McHale as Artie Abrams, Chris Colfer as Kurt Hummel, Amber Riley as Mercedes Jones, Dianna Agron as Quinn Fabray, Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez, Heather Morris as Brittany Pierce, Mark Salling as Noah Puckerman and Jenna Ushkowitz as Tina Cohen-Chang. 

Over the series, Chord Overstreet joined as Sam Evans, Darren Criss as Blaine Anderson and Harry Shum Jr as Mike Chang, as well as Blake Jenner (Ryder Lynn), Melissa Benoit (Marley Rose), Alex Newell (Unique Adams) and Becca Tobin (Kitty Wilde). 

Lea has apologised (Picture: FOX Image Collection via Getty Images)

Mark Salling took his own life in 2018, after he pleaded guilty to the possession of child pornography, for which he faced between four and seven years in prison. 

And Cory Monteith died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol in 2013, after battling drug addiction for years. Four months prior to his death aged 31, he had entered treatment for substance abuse.

Following Ware’s allegations against Lea, a number of fellow Glee castmates claimed the Broadway star was difficult to work with, including Heather Morris.

The meal kit delivery service HelloFresh ‘cut ties’ with Michele in light of the controversy. 

Lea, 33 – who is expecting her first child – issued a statement reading: ‘One of the most important lessons of the last few weeks is that we need to take the time to listen and learn about other people’s perspectives and any role we have played or anything we can do to help address the injustices that they face. 

‘When I tweeted the other day, it was meant to be a show of support for our friends and neighbours and communities of colour during this really difficult time, but the responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus specifically on how my own behaviour towards fellow cast members was perceived by them. 

Samantha joined the cast of Glee in season six (Picture: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)

‘While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or colour of their skin, that’s really not the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people.’

She continued: ‘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 apologise for my behaviour and for any pain which I have caused. We can all grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings. 

‘I am a couple of months from becoming a mother and I know I need to keep working to better myself and take responsibility for my actions, so that I can be a real role model for my child and so I can pass along my lessons and mistakes, so that they can learn from me. I listened to these criticisms and I am learning and while I am very sorry, I will be better in the future from this experience.’

However, Samantha, 28, did not seem impressed with the apology, tweeting: ‘Perceived? Purcieved? Purse? Open your purse?????????????? [sic]’  

The What/If star then shared a link to a GoFundMe account  for James Spurlock, a black man who was shot and killed in Omaha, Nebraska last weekend while attending a protest for George Floyd.

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