Glee stars and other prominent figures are reacting to the claims made by actress Samantha Ware, who said Lea Michele made her life a ‘living hell’ on the Ryan Murphy show.
Michele’s former co-star Wade, 28, claimed the star, 33, even once threatened to defecate ‘in her wig’ – which she revealed after Michele had paid tribute to George Floyd and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on Twitter.
Amber Riley, who played Mercedes Jones in the through all six seasons, shared two GIFs of herself, one raising her hand, while the other sipping tea, caused a stir among fans who saw it as a subtle way of the actress chiming in.
Speaking out: Samantha Ware, 28, a former Glee costar of Lea Michele, 33, said the star was abusive and made her life ‘a living hell’ on the set of the Fox series
In fact, fans began to beg Riley to tell her side of the story, with one saying: ‘Speak your truth you and @NayaRivera were right all along!!!! Yet you were dragged!’
Meanwhile, Alex Newell, who starred as Unique Adams on series for four seasons, wasn’t so subtle – and began replying to fans about the drama.
‘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.
Not so subtle: Glee’s Amber Riley posted this GIF of her raising her hand, amid rumors that Lea Michele was less than kind to work with on the Ryan Murphy show
Not happy: Community star Yvette Nicole Brown, who did not appear on Glee, also voiced her opinion
In agreement: Alex Newell, who starred as Unique Adams on series for four seasons, wasn’t so subtle – and began replying to fans about the drama.
Ouch: Actor Dabier Snell, who appeared in an episode of the show, did not hold back
Staying out of the matter: Kevin McHale, who played Artie Abrams from the show’s debut, swerved a response when asked about the controversy on Twitter
Piling on: Another actor who starred on GLEE, Dabier Snell, also chimed in claiming Michele did not let him sit at the table with other cast members
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He also added: ‘I’m gonna say this one time… when my friends goes through something traumatic I also go through it… that’s what friendship is…’
‘And if you can’t understand that then you’re part of the problem… and that’s on PERIODT! And I mean that for both sides of this coin!’
Actor Dabier Snell, who appeared in an episode of the show, retweeted one of Ware’s tweets, and responded, saying: ‘GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE ‘I DIDNT BELONG THERE’ F–K YOU LEA,’
Under fire: Lea – who is currently pregnant with her first child – has not responded to the comments
Tough times: Michele, 37, played the role of Rachel Berry (back row) on the show’s six seasons, getting nominated for an Emmy and two Golden Globe awards with the part
He also wrote: ‘I try to bring good vibes and create content for ppl to laugh and enjoy! Seeing her message brought back bad memories of being less than on set of glee. Ain’t goin stand for her being fake like she care.’
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown who did not star on the show, also chimed in and 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.’
Meanwhile, actress Keke Palmer unfollowed Michele on Instagram following the accusations.
Remember me? The message was met with an acerbic response from Samantha, 28
Statement: The leading lady, 33, took to social media on Saturday to pay tribute to George Floyd and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement
It’s not the first time Michele’s alleged bad behavior has been called into question.
Four years ago, former Glee star Naya Rivera said Michele brought ego, tension and hostility onto the set with her.
In her 2016 book, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up, she wrote: ‘If I’d complained about anyone or anything, she’d assumed I was b****ng about her’.
In the tome, Naya said Michele eventually stopped speaking with her altogether.
‘She started to ignore me, and eventually it got to the point where she didn’t say a word to me for all of Season 6,’ Rivera said, ‘Lea and I definitely weren’t the best of friends, and I doubt we’ll ever sit on her couch and eat kale together again.’