Glee star Samantha Ware claims Lea Michele ‘threatened to call Ryan Murphy’ to ‘fire’ her from the show – The Sun
SAMANTHA Ware has claimed that Lea Michele "threatened to call former Glee showrunner Ryan Murphy" to "fire" her from the show.
A week after Samantha spoke publicly about what she claimed was racist behavior and attitudes from Lea, she has made further claims about what she saw as "weird passive-aggressiveness" from Lea, alleging that the star of the show threatened her career.
She said: "When you’re shooting a scene, sometimes the camera is on you and sometimes it’s not, but you still have to be in the scene.
"The camera wasn’t on us, so it’s not like we had to give a full-throttle performance, but apparently, I was goofing around when the camera wasn’t on me, and she took that as me being disrespectful to her.”
Samantha alleges that when the camera stopped rolling, Lea beckoned her over with her fingers before calling out "you need to come here right now."
"I said ‘no,’ and that’s when she decided to threaten my job, and said she would call Ryan Murphy in to come and fire me," Samantha told Variety.
Samantha played Jane Hayward in 2015 on the sixth season of the beloved musical series which centred around main star Rachel Berry, played by Lea.
The 28-year-old accused Lea of making her life "a living hell" on set and of offering to "s*** in my wig", after the 33-year-old paid tribute to George Floyd over the weekend.
By the sixth – and final – season of the show, Ryan was no longer running the show, and was reportedly not actively involved in the show.
Samantha also told the publication: "I knew from day one when I attempted to introduce myself. There was nothing gradual about it.
"As soon as she decided that she didn’t like me, it was very evident.
"It was after I did my first performance, that’s when it started – the silent treatment, the stare-downs, the looks, the comments under her breath, the weird passive-aggressiveness. It all built up."
She said she chose to never file a complaint because she was not aware it was an option for her.
"I remember the first day I actually spoke up and unfortunately no one did anything," she added, suggesting her behavior was a "common thing."
"They just shrugged it off, like ‘That’s her.’ No one was stopping these things, which is an issue because the environment was helping perpetuate this abuse.”
Samantha's former co-stars and ex-colleagues of Lea's jumped to her defense including Alex Newell, Heather Morris, Amber Riley and Dabier Snell.
In response to the backlash, Lea shared a lengthy statement apologizing for her behavior, despite admitting she didn't "remember" the incident Ware spoke about and denied judging anybody by "the color of their skin".
"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 said.
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