David Cross spoke out concerning the controversial Arrested Development forged interview through which Jason Bateman defended Jeffrey Tambor whereas seemingly dismissing Jessica Walter’s harassment claims in opposition to him.
Cross, 54, spoke to The New York Times on Wednesday, May 23, alongside Tambor himself and different costars Bateman, Walter, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat and Will Arnett. The humorist addressed the awkward interview after Bateman confronted backlash for seemingly writing off Walter’s emotions.
“So I will unequivocally apologize to Jessica. I’m sorry that we behaved the way that we behaved,” he informed Gothamist on Thursday, May 24. “Whatever the criticisms are, I will own up. I don’t even know what they are, as I said, I saw the initial thing but I jumped off [social media] at the behest of various people.”
He additionally tweeted that spouse Amber Tamblyn — who informed a Twitter troll that she’s mad at him — particularly suggested him to keep off Twitter and he’s “apologized to Jessica in private (the way I prefer to conduct apologizes to people.)”
Cross’ vow to ask Walter for forgiveness comes hours after Hale, 47, revealed that he already reached out to the actress to “personally apologize.”
“Arrested Development is one in every of my households,” Hale tweeted on Thursday. “Regardless of my intentions, it is clear that my words, both said and unsaid, served to minimize Jessica’s pain and for that I am extremely sorry.”
The Netflix collection stars made headlines on Wednesday after discussing the sexual harassment allegations in opposition to their former costar Tambor, who portrayed Bateman’s dad and Walter’s husband on the sitcom. After Walter claimed that Tambor, who was sitting close to her through the interview, verbally abused her on set, Bateman rushed to the Transparent alum’s defense.
“Again, not to belittle or excuse it or anything, but in the entertainment industry it is incredibly common to have people who are, in quotes, ‘difficult’ … Because it’s a very amorphous process, this sort of [expletive] that we do, you know, making up fake life,” the Ozark actor mentioned. “It’s a weird thing and it is a breeding ground for atypical behavior and certain people have certain processes.”
As Walter started crying, Hale chimed in, “But I will say, to Jason’s point, we can be honest about the fact that — and not to build a thing — we’ve all had moments.”
Walter quipped again, “But not like that, not like that. That was bad.”
Bateman has since apologized for his feedback, tweeting on Thursday, “I sound like I’m condoning yelling at work. I do not. It sounds like I’m excusing Jeffrey. I do not. It sounds like I’m insensitive to Jessica. I am not.”
He added: “In fact, I’m horrified that I wasn’t more aware of how this incident affected her. I was so eager to let Jeffrey know that he was supported in his attempt to learn, grow and apologize that I completely underestimated the feelings of the victim … I’m incredibly embarrassed and deeply sorry to have done that to Jessica.”
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