David Cross Speaks: Jeffrey Tambor Was 'Cruel', but Jessica Walter Once Abused an Actress, Too

Arrested Development co-star David Cross made his obligatory apology on Twitter for the debacle of an interview the cast gave to the New York Times yesterday in which the male cast members - led by Jason Bateman - dismissed a teary Jessica Walter's feelings about having been verbally abused by series lead Jeffrey Tambor and supported Tambor:

In the linked interview with Gothamist, Cross discussed the incident that led to this whole mess at length, despite repeatedly telling the reporter that he was sure he was only making the whole thing worse by doing so. He said:

* Tambor screamed at Walter in front of a number of people during the last month of shooting the upcoming 5th season of the show.

* Cross alludes to a "situation" (which he doesn't specify) involving Walter that has been going on throughout the run of the show that led to Tambor's frustrated outburst: "Outside of the extreme nature of the yelling and dressing down in front of the rest of the cast and crew, I think everyone else as well understood the frustration. We're all familiar with the situation, what the situation has been for 15 years. Again, I repeat, I think that kind of behavior is inexcusable. It was egregious and it almost felt a little cruel. Nobody was happy, it wasn't like, "Good, she got what was coming," none of that. It was the absolute wrong way to handle that situation in every respect...This was 15 years of [buildup], this was addressing things that should have been addressed a long time ago."

* He volunteers that Jessica Walter once screamed at an actress on the show, as well: "There's never an excuse ever for yelling at somebody and humiliating them in front of other people. And there was no excuse when Jessica did it. To Jessica's credit, she eventually apologized to the actress, and felt bad about it. Jeffrey did as well, but it was a bigger deal, there were more people in the room and it was an extremely uncomfortable moment."

* Other people on the set have mistreated their co-workers: "I've seen people [on set] be shitty to other people—belittling, unkind, condescending and dismissive. I'm not talking about every single person, Michael Cera never did it, Alia didn't. But I've seen it."

* The Arrested Development cast didn't know about the allegations against Tambor from Transparent cast and crew members at the time of the original incident (that Tambor was abusive and sexually harassed some of them): "We didn't know about the Transparent stuff, I hadn't seen that behavior ever from him in 15 years. I have now. And that goes into the pile of what I know about Jeffrey. But up until that point I'd never seen that."

* He will continue to support Tambor: "Jeffrey's not the only guy I know accused of shitty, bad hurtful behavior. I don't condone it, but it's not like, "Hey I'm never going to talk to you again and I'm only gonna talk shit about you." If I had a family member who did something bad, I'd go visit them in prison. Does that make sense?"

* After the interview, both Cross' wife, actress Amber Tamblyn (one of the founders of the "Time's Up" movement) and Arrested Development actress Alia Shawkat expressed to Cross their discomfort with the way the male cast had treated Walter. Tamblyn made Cross leave Twitter for 24 hours so he wouldn't tweet anything to make the situation worse.

Amber Tamblyn tweeted a reply to all the people who have been sending her angry tweets over Cross' involvement in the NYT interview:

Cross' co-star Tony Hale also apologized on Twitter:

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