Netflix has cancelled Arrested Development‘s UK press tour after a new interview sparked fresh backlash against star Jeffrey Tambor.
Earlier this year, Tambor faced a series of sexual harassment allegations from his ex-personal assistant Van Barnes and co-star Trace Lysette that caused him to be fired from his Amazon series Transparent.
Now, in a new interview, co-star Jessica Walter said Tambor “verbally harassed” her on set. Walter has confirmed that the incident she has described was not of a sexual nature but it has caused further negative impact on the star.
“I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set,” Walter said in the interview. “And it’s hard to deal with, but I’m over it now.”
According to CBR, Netflix has taken the decision to cancel the planned United Kingdom press tour for the show’s fifth season, following the recent backlash.
“At this time we have decided not to move ahead with promotional activity in the U.K. but hope to bring the cast back at another time,” Netflix wrote in statement.
Co-star Jason Bateman has since apologised for his comments during the interview, which saw him defend Tambor.
“Not to belittle what happened,” Bateman said in the initial interview, “but this is a family, and families, you know, have love, laughter, arguments. Again, not to belittle it, but a lot of stuff happens in 15 years.”
“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”. It’s a weird thing, and it is a breeding ground for atypical behaviour, and certain people have certain processes,” he added.
Co-star Alia Shawkat said that despite his points, it still didn’t “mean it’s acceptable”. Bateman replied: “What we do for a living is not normal, and therefore the process is not normal sometimes, and to expect it to be normal is to not understand what happens on set. Again, not to excuse it Alia, but to be surprised by people having a wobbly route to their goal, their process – it’s very rarely predictable.
“Not to say that you [Walter] had it coming,” he continued. “But this is not in a vacuum – families come together and certain dynamics collide and clash every once in a while. And there’s all kinds of things that go into the stew so it’s a little narrow to single that one particular thing that is getting attention from our show.”