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Heather Morris claims the “Glee” cast was “scared” to report Lea Michele’s “bullying” to higher-ups.
“We absolutely could have stepped up and gone to the Fox execs and said how we felt about the situation, and nobody really did,” Morris said on Danny Pellegrino’s “Everything Iconic” podcast on Wednesday.
She added that the culture has changed, noting it’s now encouraged to speak up instead of sitting in silence.
“I think many people were very scared,” she said. “I know, genuinely, I didn’t feel like it was my place. And I don’t know why, because I was a cast member just like everybody else, and we all deserve to feel comfortable on a set.”
The star, who played Brittany S. Pierce on the Fox musical dramedy, also said that she got “shade” over her comments in 2020 in which she admitted Michele was “unpleasant to work with.”
“People were like, ‘This is so f—ing cryptic,’ like, ‘Why don’t you just go and say it?’” she told Pellegrino. “I’m like, ‘Guys, she’s pregnant, and all this stuff is going around, and… it’s true’ — and I don’t know if maybe we were victims of bullying and that’s a typical victim thing to do is to blame yourself…
“But it also is very true, and the only person who was honest about it was Naya [Rivera],” Morris, 34, continued. “And it was something that was very hush-hush on set.”
The “Spring Breakers” actress admitted that cast members each grew close with Michele, 34, over the course of filming but eventually distanced themselves for various reasons.
“And so there’s a human element to it to understanding who this person is, growing with that person, seeing her try to become better,” Morris shared. “And, you know, taking care of herself after Cory [Monteith] passed. You know, it was just the elephant in the room.”
The controversy surrounding Michele’s behavior began when “Glee” actress Samantha Ware blasted Michele for her Black Lives Matter tweet and claimed the Broadway star made her life a “living hell.”
Michele ended up losing a partnership with HelloFresh over her alleged racist behavior and eventually issued a public apology over her “perceived” behavior.
“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.”
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 being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused.”
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