Matthew Morrison speaks out on Lea Michele’s alleged behavior

Matthew Morrison has broken his silence on Lea Michele’s alleged behavior on the set of “Glee.”

“I honestly think it’s a distraction of the bigger issues that are going on right now,” he said on FUBAR Radio’s “Access All Areas.” “It’s kind of like, ah.”

Morrison, who played the head of the glee club, Mr. Schuester, then appeared to shade Michele, 33, saying everyone should be kind.

“You want to be a good, pleasant person to be around,” he continued. “That’s about all I’m going to say on that.”

The 41-year-old Morrison’s comments come weeks after former “Glee” actress Samantha Ware came forward and accused Michele of committing “microaggressions” against her after Michele tweeted about the Black Lives Matter movement. In the aftermath, other stars who have worked with Michele on Broadway and behind the scenes blasted her for how poorly she treated them.

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Michele, who is expecting her first child with husband Zandy Reich, apologized on Instagram, saying she was learning to focus on how her “behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them.”

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Actors continue to speak out about Lea Michele after former co-stars accuse her of racism and mistreatment – CBS News

Actress Lea Michele is at the center of a social media firestorm after she tweeted about the death of George Floyd last week, writing that the 46-year-old black man killed by police in Minnesota “did not deserve this.” The former “Glee” star included the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, but some felt her activism was disingenuous. One of Michele’s former co-stars, Samantha Marie Ware, immediately called her out on Twitter over her past behavior, launching an avalanche of tweets from others.

After several actors accused Michele of mistreatment and racism, she apologized on Instagram. However, Ware, who was the first to speak out about Michele’s behavior, is doubling down on her accusation. 

On Tuesday, Ware tweeted that Michele made her first television gig “a living hell,” saying she’ll never forget it. “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…” Ware replied to Michele’s tweet about Floyd. 

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 “SHIT IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD… https://t.co/RkcaMBmtDA

— SAMEYAAAAAA (@Sammie_Ware)

Ware starred alongside Michele on “Glee” during the show’s final season in 2015. Her tweet prompted several others to come forward with accounts of Michele’s poor behavior and mistreatment of others on set. 

Alex Newell, who played Wade “Unique” Adams, a transgender teenager on the show, replied to Ware’s tweets several times, as did several background actors, who tweeted about disappointing experiences with Michele while on set, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Actress Jeanté Godlock, was one of several who said Michele referred to background actors as “cockroaches.”

Many fans replied to Ware’s tweet too. Some pointed out that “Glee” actress Naya Rivera had “tried to warn” others about Michele’s poor behavior in the past. In her 2016 book, “Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up,” Rivera described Michele being “unprofessional” on set and the tension between them while filming.

Heather Morris, another “Glee” star, also spoke out about Michele’s behavior on Wednesday. “Let me be very clear, Hate is a disease in America that we are trying to cure, so I would never wish for hate to be spread to anyone else. With that said, 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,” Morris wrote on social media, adding that part of the blame is on others who allowed it to “go on for so long without speaking out.” 

“But, at the current moment it is implied that she is a racist and although I cannot comment on her beliefs, I think we’re assuming, and you know what happens when we all assume…” Morris’ post continued. 

Former “Glee” star Amber Riley replied to Ware’s tweets with several gifs, later saying on the “Real Quick With Danielle Young” podcast that she didn’t care about Michele, and the attention should be placed elsewhere, ET reports. “People are out here dying, being murdered by police. Trans women are being murdered by the hands of men who are upset about being trans attracted,” said Riley, who portrayed Mercedes Jones on the show.

Other entertainment industry professionals also spoke out about Michele. Former “30 Rock” actor Keith Powell replied to Ware’s tweet by writing: “I co-sign on this. Lea Michele is a terrible human and has said terrible things to many different types of people, including racist micoagressions to/about black people.”

In a long message posted on Instagram, Michele issued an apology on Wednesday. While she said she didn’t remember “making this specific statement,” apparently referring to Ware’s accusation, she acknowledged that’s not really the point. 

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

In the post, Michele acknowledged that 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,” she wrote. 

Hours after Michele posted the apology, Ware spoke out again, commenting on Michele’s use of “perceived” in her statement. In her post, Ware also linked to the GoFundMe for the family of James Scurlock, a 22-year-old black man who was shot and killed while protesting in Omaha. “Open your purse,” she wrote, apparently urging Michele to donate.

Perceived? Purcieved? Purse?
Open your purse??????????????https://t.co/pQ71xtsyxD

— SAMEYAAAAAA (@Sammie_Ware)

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Lea Michele dropped by Hello Fresh after co-star’s allegations | Daily Mail Online

HelloFresh has ended its partnership with Lea Michele after a former castmate made allegations against the actress.

The recipe kit delivery company revealed its decision to no longer work with the actress while responding to a Twitter user on Tuesday who suggested it should cut ties with the Glee star.

The company wrote, ‘HelloFresh does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind. We are disheartened and disappointed to learn of the recent claims concerning Lea Michele. 

Backlash: Lea Michele has been dropped by HelloFresh after allegations she bullied a castmember on the Glee set in 2015 (this is the last ad Lea posted for the brand on May 20)

‘We take this very seriously, and have ended our partnership with Lea Michele, effective immediately.’   

Lea’s former castmate Samantha Ware, made the claim on Monday that the actress made her life ‘a living hell’ on-set – even once threatening to defecate ‘in her wig.’

Lea, who played Rachel Berry on the show, took to social media on Friday to pay tribute to George Floyd.

‘George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end’ she wrote.

Ware, who appeared in 2015 in the show’s sixth season, 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.’

Lea, who is currently pregnant with her first child, posted her most recent ad for HelloFresh on May 20. 

Effective immediately: HelloFresh revealed their decision when responding to a tweet by someone who called for them to cut ties with the actress 

Mean girl? Lea’s former Glee co-star Samantha Ware claimed the actress made her life ‘a living hell’ on-set – even once threatening to defecate ‘in her wig (Lea, pictured left in character as Rachel Berry, Samantha, pictured right in character as Jane Hayward) 

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

Remember me? The message was met with an acerbic response from Samantha, 28

Shortly after Ware’s accusations went viral, Lea’s pal and Scream Queens co-star Ariana Grande, as well as her Glee co-star Keke Palmer unfollowed Lea on Instagram, suggesting that the accusations against the actress carry weight.

Alex Newell, Amber Riley and Dabier Snell – who all co-starred in ‘Glee’ – also reacted to the tweet in support of Samantha.

Alex and Amber shared gifs, with Alex posting the ‘Get her, Jade’ meme from Drag Race, while Dabier wrote: ‘GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE ‘I DIDNT BELONG THERE’ F**K YOU LEA (sic).’

Community actress Yvette Nicole Brown showed her support for Samantha by writing: ‘I felt every one of those capital letters.’ And Alex replied: ‘Felt like claps!!’

Meanwhile, back in 2011, Hailee Steinfeld, now 23, revealed how Lea made her cry on the Paramount lot.

Shortly after Ware’s accusations went viral, Lea’s pal and Scream Queens co-star Ariana Grande, as well as her Glee co-star Keke Palmer unfollowed Lea on Instagram 

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

She told J-14 magazine: ‘When I was auditioning for ‘True Grit’, I was on the Paramount lot. I was wearing clothes from the 1800s that were big and uncomfortable. Glee’ also films on the lot and I love that show…

‘I saw Lea Michele just walking to her trailer, and I was like, ”That’s the girl from ‘Glee’. I’ve got to go ask for her autograph!’ 

‘So I walked up to her and asked for her autograph, but she walked by and a guy came and said, ‘Sorry, now’s not a good time!’ I was so sad! I was practically crying on the way home.’

Expecting: Lea is expecting a child with her husband, businessman Zandy Reich

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

Michele, who is expecting a child with her husband, businessman Zandy Reich, 37, played the role of Rachel Berry on the show’s six seasons, getting nominated for an Emmy and two Golden Globe awards with the part. 

Ware was on the show for 11 shows in 2015 in its sixth season. Her career has flourished with turns on shows such as What/If, Chicago Med and God Friended Me.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Lea for comment.  

Oh dear… Four years ago, former Glee star Naya Rivera said Michele brought ego, tension and hostility onto the set with her

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.’  

Tough times: Meanwhile, back in 2011, Hailee Steinfeld, now 23, revealed how Lea made her cry on the Paramount lot

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

Interesting:Transgender NYC nightlife star Linux TheRobot was an extra on Glee and said Lea was a ‘tyrant’

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Lea Michele Is Pregnant! Actress Expecting First Child with Husband Zandy Reich

Here’s something to sing about: Lea Michele is going to be a mom!

The 33-year-old former Glee actress is pregnant and expecting her first child with her husband, entrepreneur and business owner Zandy Reich, 37, a source confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

“They’ve always wanted to be parents,” the source tells PEOPLE.

The couple was first romantically linked in July 2017. Reich proposed to Michele the following April, with a four-carat elongated radiant cut ring that he personally designed with Leor Yerushalmi and The Jewelers of Las Vegas.

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Michele announced their engagement on Instagram, posting a photo of herself with her ring-bearing hand on her face. “Yes,” she wrote in the caption, including a diamond-ring emoji.

Michele and Reich’s romance even received the “seal of approval” from her longtime collaborator Ryan Murphy, whom she has worked with over the years on series like Glee and Scream Queens.

“When my boyfriend got the seal of approval from Ryan Murphy, that was it,” she joked on the Emmys red carpet in September 2017. “Yeah my parents, yeah friends, whatever. But Ryan Murphy, it’s a done deal — it sealed the deal.”

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PEOPLE exclusively reported in March 2019 that Michele and Reich had tied the knot in an intimate and romantic ceremony in Northern California, celebrating with over 200 family members and close friends including Michele’s Glee pals Darren Criss and Becca Tobin, as well as her Scream Queens costar Emma Roberts.

“We are so excited to be married and grateful to be surrounded by our friends and family,” said the couple, who shared an exclusive photo of their big day with PEOPLE and went on to share even more snapshots and exquisite details. “And most of all, we’re so happy to spend the rest of our lives together.”

During their playful and heartwarming wedding ceremony, which was officiated by Murphy, Michele wore a custom Monique Lhuillier strapless silk wedding gown. They stood beneath a white ranunculus and garden-rose-adorned chuppah, decorated by Rion Designs. In that moment, “It was as if nobody else was there,” a guest told PEOPLE.

The newlyweds then jetted off on a tropical honeymoon about two weeks after their nuptials, full of champagne toasts, fun in the sun and Instagram photo ops.

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