Broadway actor Gerard Canonico and others have joined the chorus of disapproval over the alleged bad behavior of Glee actress Lea Michele, after former co-star Samantha Ware claimed she made her life ‘a living hell’ on set.
Canonico, 30, was an understudy in the original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening starring Michele and her BFF Jonathan Groff, and commented underneath Michele’s apology Instagram post on Wednesday.
‘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 Instagram, which he had re-posted after claiming it had initially been deleted.
Under fire: Lea Michele (pictured in 2018) has been accused of yet more bad behaviour on set after posting an apology on Wednesday
‘I tried for years to be nice to you to no avail. Maybe actually apologize instead of placing the blame on how others ‘perceive’ you.’
Many other comments took issue with the the apology, which saw the actress vow to ‘be better in the future’ and admitted her ‘privileged position and immaturity’ had contributed to causing pain to her former co-star.
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.’
TV and theater actress Emma Hunton – who also starred in Spring Awakening – chimed in saying: ‘This isn’t an apology.’
Michele insisted she ‘doesn’t remember the specific statement’ of threatening to ‘defecate in Samantha’s wig’ during a prolonged period of bullying in 2015.
Claims: Broadway actor Gerard Canonico made his own claims commenting on Michele’s apology on Instagram
Speaking out: Canonico, 30, was an understudy in the original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening starring Michele and her BFF Jonathan Groff
The pregnant star said she has ‘never judged others by their background or color of their skin’, but 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.
Other comments left under Michele’s post said: ‘Saying you didn’t do it is the worst apology I’ve ever heard.’ Another said: ‘This is a non-apology. You apologize for their ‘perception’ of your behavior? There are multiple people speaking out about your racist micro-aggressions.’
The bullying allegations came to light after Michele took to social media last Friday to pay tribute to George Floyd, writing: ‘George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end’ she wrote.
Not impressed: Actress Emma Hunton told Michele this was not an apology
Another non-fan: Even Real Housewives of New York star Aviva Drescher also had a story to tell
Ware, who appeared as Jane Hayward on the show’s sixth season in 2015, swiftly hit back: ‘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.’
Michele statement reads in full: ‘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 injustices they face…
‘I will be better in the future’: Lea Michele (left) has issued a public apology to Samantha Ware (right) amid claims she made her life ‘a living hell’ during her stint on Glee
Hitting out: The actress, 33, admitted her ‘privileged position and immaturity’ had contributed to causing pain to her former co-star, 28, in a statement posted to Instagram on Wednesday
‘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 on how my own behaviour towards fellow cast members was perceived by them.
‘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.
Speaking out: Samantha (pictured last month), who played Jane Hayward on the show, claimed the actress bullied her during her stint on Glee and even threatened to defecate ‘in her wig’
Tough times: Lea 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
‘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.’
Lea – who played lead character Rachel Berry for the musical show’s entire run – continued: ‘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.
‘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, on Wednesday a former Glee producer claimed there were other actors working on the show who also were problematic.
‘Hey, I’m all for calling out bad behavior and even for some schadenfreude when that behavior is punished,’ Marti Noxon wrote in a since-deleted tweet on Wednesday. ‘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?’
She followed it up with, ‘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.’
Glee’s Amber Riley, 34, revealed on Instagram Live Wednesday that Michele had contacted her for the first time in more than two years to discuss the issue – but that it wasn’t a priority amid the turbulent times of social unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s killing.
‘I don’t give a s*** about this Lea Michele thing – I really don’t give a f***,’ said Riley, who said her priority right now was showing support to Black Lives Matter. ‘People are out here dying and being murdered by police.’
She added of the embattled Michele: ‘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.
‘I have no hatred or ill will on that end … this is the first and last time I’m going to say something’ on the matter, she said.
Details: Glee’s Amber Riley, 34, revealed on Instagram Live Wednesday that Michele had contacted her for the first time in more than two years to discuss the issue – but that it wasn’t a priority amid the turbulent times of social unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s killing
Shock: Her statement comes after she was fired by HelloFresh due to the scandal
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,’
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.
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.
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?’
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.
Under fire: Lea Michele in April 2019