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Lea Michele Apologises After Samatha Ware Says She Made Her Life ‘Hell’

Lea Michele Apologises After Samatha Ware Says She Made Her Life ‘Hell’

When Lea Michele spoke out on George Floyd's death last week, her former Glee co-star Samantha Ware responded in the comments with some home truths.

"George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end," Leah tweeted on Friday.

To which Samantha - who played Jane Hayward on the show - replied: "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."

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She was instantly supported by a flock of Glee stars when she spoke out against Lea.

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Alex Newell, Amber Riley and Dabier Snell, who all starred in the musical series alongside the pair, were quick to back her.


Alex and Amber shared rather revealing GIFs, while Dabier added: "GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE 'I DIDNT BELONG THERE' F**K YOU LEA".

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He went on: "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".

Samantha questioned Lea's behaviour (Credit: Instagram)
Samantha questioned Lea's behaviour (Credit: Instagram)

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Now, Lea released a statement on their accusations, and apologised for any hurt caused.

Taking to her social media, she wrote: "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...

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"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.


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'"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.

"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."

Unsurprisingly, the actress - made famous by her role as Rachel Barry - has faced repercussions for her actions, including being dropped from her partnership with meal kit delivery brand, HelloFresh.

The brand said in a statement: "HelloFresh does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind. We are disheartened and disappointed to learn of the recent claims concerning Lea Michele.

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

Signing off her statement, Leah - who is currently expecting her first child - continued: "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".

Featured Image Credit: PA/ Instagram: Samantha Ware

Topics: Glee, Celebrity Entertainment, Celebrity News, TV News, TV Entertainment

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]