Jeffrey Tambor is one of 219 celebrities including, politicians, CEOs and others, including some big names; Harvey Weinstein, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Ben Affleck, Kevin Spacey who have been accused of sexual misconduct since April 2017.
In an interview with the New York Times, which was published on Wednesday, May 23, Jessica Walter spoke candidly about Tambor on how he lectured her on the sets of American sitcom Arrested Development. Tambor (plays Lucille Bluth) and Walter (plays Lucielle's husband, George), both have been co-stars on the show since 2003.
Walter, 77, and Tambor, 73, were a part of a group interview with a few other members of the show including Jason Bateman (Michael), David Cross (Tobias), Alia Shawkat (Maeby), Tony Hale (Buster) and Will Arnett (Gob).
Speaking of how Tomber treated her, she said,
He never crossed the line on our show, with any, you know, sexual whatever. Verbally, yes, he harassed me, but he did apologize.
Have a look at their conversation:
BATEMAN: Again, not to belittle it or excuse it or anything, but in the entertainment industry it is incredibly common to have people who are, in quotes, “difficult.” And when you’re in a privileged position to hire people, or have an influence in who does get hired, you make phone calls. And you say, “Hey, so I’ve heard X about person Y, tell me about that.” And what you learn is context. And you learn about character and you learn about work habits, work ethics, and you start to understand. Because it’s a very amorphous process, this sort of [expletive] that we do, you know, making up fake life. It’s a weird thing, and it is a breeding ground for atypical behavior and certain people have certain processes.
SHAWKAT: But that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable. And the point is that things are changing, and people need to respect each other differently.
WALTER [THROUGH TEARS]: Let me just say one thing that I just realized in this conversation. I have to let go of being angry at him. He never crossed the line on our show, with any, you know, sexual whatever. Verbally, yes, he harassed me, but he did apologize. I have to let it go. [Turns to Tambor.] And I have to give you a chance to, you know, for us to be friends again.
WALTER: But it’s hard because honestly — Jason says this happens all the time. In like almost 60 years of working, I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set. And it’s hard to deal with, but I’m over it now. I just let it go right here, for The New York Times.
VIDEO: Jessica Walter accuses her husband from Arrested Development, Jeffrey Tambor of verbal harassment
Tambor himself first brought the incident public in a lengthy profile of him in the Hollywood Reporter, saying,
I have to tell you something. This is the first time I’ve talked about this, ever. And possibly the last time. I used to teach acting, you know, and I’d always say, ‘Announce where you are.’ So this is me doing that.
Walter also said that she's still working to forgive Tambor.