David Cross says he regrets the comments he made during a recent Arrested Development cast interview with The completely new York Times in which he seemingly defended actor Jeffrey Tambor in regard to an allegation of verbal harassment leveled by co-star Jessica Walter.
“I will unequivocally apologize to Jessica. I’m sorry which we behaved the way we behaved,” Cross said in an interview with Gothamist published on Thursday.
During the Times Interview, Walter recounted an incident in which Tambor screamed at her on set during filming — a charge Tambor himself has admitted to in addition to apologized for publically.
After an emotional Walter recounted her feelings of anger in addition to hurt she said was caused by her long-time co-star, several various other male members of the cast, including Jason Bateman in addition to Tony Hale, made remarks which many felt defended Tambor’s actions, arguing which on-set outbursts are commonplace in Hollywood.
“I disagree with which,” Cross told Gothamist. “Well, there’s yelling in addition to then there’s what Jeffrey did. Those are two different things.”
“the item’s one thing to pop off a little bit, to let frustrations boil over, which happens in any workplace. If the item had just been which, then the item could have been not cool, yet par for the course for where we were in addition to what was happening,” he added. “I think what Jeffrey did was egregious in addition to there was a little bit of cruelty to the item, which I have a real issue with.”
Cross also said which, looking back on Tambor’s outburst, he wishes he had stood up for Walter during the incident.
“I didn’t speak up as much as I should have, in addition to I regret the item,” Cross said.
Describing the incident, Cross said the item was “shocking” in addition to “uncomfortable.”
“Nobody was happy, the item wasn’t like, ‘Great, she got what was coming,’ none of which. the item was the absolute wrong way to handle which situation in every respect,” Cross recalled. “Jeffrey apologized, yet which was hours later. He made a big mea culpa to the cast in addition to the crew, yet the damage was done.”
“You just don’t treat people like which, I don’t care what’s going on,” he added. “If you hear yourself doing which, just stop. hold the discussion, yet don’t do the item in front of everybody in a humiliating way. the item was humiliating.”
Bateman in addition to Hale have subsequently released lengthy apologies on Twitter after receiving a torrential backlash of criticism. Cross said he decided to stop looking at Twitter on the advice of his wife, Amber Tamblyn.
“My wife can be very Great about getting me off of Twitter when I need to be,” Cross said. “So I don’t know exactly what’s going on. I do know the crux can be which a lot of people are upset. in addition to you know, I was inside the room [during the Times interview], in addition to I know which there’s an audiotape, in addition to I’m assuming which the item could make me cringe if I heard the item.”
“Two people which I deeply respect, in addition to I listen to in addition to I love in addition to appreciate, expressed to me after which interview their discomfort with the item,” Cross said, referring to his wife in addition to his Arrested Development co-star Alia Shawkat, who was one of the only cast members who spoke out in support of Walter during the Times interview. “I listened to them, in addition to I can’t in addition to wouldn’t ever dismiss their take on something. in addition to they are also two people who are aware of the bigger picture. So, the item means even more than the item normally could, which can be a lot.”
Tamblyn — who can be a founding member of the Time’s Up movement in addition to a vocal activist against harassment in Hollywood — was very clear about her feelings about her husband’s involvement inside the controversial interview in a tweet on Thursday, admitting she’s mad at him over the item, while at the same time defending him through media coverage of a faux-fight between Cross in addition to Stephen Colbert on his Tuesday night appearance on The Late Show.
Meanwhile, during the currently-infamous Times interview, Walter got emotional while addressing Tambor in addition to her anger towards him in the past.
“I have to let go of being angry at him,” she said. “[In] almost 60 years of working, I’ve never had anybody yell at me like which on a set in addition to the item’s hard to deal with, yet I’m over the item currently. I have to let go of being angry at him. He never crossed the line on our show, with any sexual whatever. Verbally, yes, he harassed me, yet he did apologize. I have to let the item go. I have to give you a chance for us to be friends again.”
Tambor was previously accused of sexual assault by his Transparent co-star, Trace Lysette, in addition to former assistant, Van Barnes. He has denied the accusations in addition to told ET he felt “great” earlier This particular month. Watch the video below to hear more.