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With a new season of Arrested Development about to premiere, the actors that play the Bluth family — Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, David Cross, Will Arnett and Alia Shawkat — reunited for a sit-down with The New York Times to promote the series as well as discuss some things that have gone on since. Like Tambor being forced to leave his other show, Transparent, due to sexual harassment allegations.

It’s then that Walter, in tears, opened up about that time Tambor was verbally abusive on their set. How brave was it of her to do that in front of Tambor himself, as well as the other cast mates? Then, instead of backing her up, her male co-stars proceeded to excuse Tambor while minimizing what Walter went through.

Like NYT journalist Sopan Deb, we encourage you to read the whole thing.

“I have to let go of being angry at him,” said Walter. “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.”

She continued: “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’ve just given it up. And you know, there’s something really, really freeing about that now. I realize that. I don’t want to walk around with anger. I respect him as an actor. We’ve known each other for years and years and years.”

Shawkat, the only other female on the panel, defended Walter, saying, “But that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable. And the point is that things are changing, and people need to respect each other differently.”

The rest of them mansplained their way through the conversation, bending over backwards to excuse Tambor’s inconscionable past behaviour and dealings with being a talented artist and this is his process. Walter didn’t need anyone to defend her because she’s a grown ass woman and she’ll let the men’s actions speak for themselves. Twitter, however, had a different idea and they were more than happy to take down these dude-bros.

Bateman has since tweeted a lengthy apology.

And while the apology was as good as it gets, it’s a little bit too little, too late. Because if the backlash wasn’t so great, would Bateman have ‘realized’ how deplorable everything he and his male co-stars said was? We’ll just leave you with Thomas Sadoski‘s words. Sadoski, who worked with Walter on The Mimic and has zero f*cks to give, rips Bateman a new one. And it’s glorious.

This is Jessica Walter. She is a national goddamned treasure. It was an honor and a privilege to work with her. I don’t give a fuck who you think you are or how good you think you are or how awesome you think your buddy/daddy is: screaming at someone isn’t “part of the business”. It’s bullshit. It’s unhinged bullshit behavior and it has NEVER been acceptable. It wasn’t cool in the 70’s or 80’s or whenthefuckever you “came up”. It was bullshit then, it is bullshit now. And excusing that kind of behavior is pathetic. Just pathetic. I worked in shitty greasy-spoon kitchens growing up: it wasn’t acceptable behavior THERE and most of us were on HEAVY DRUGS. It certainly isn’t acceptable for some man-baby millionaire to do on a cozy ass tv show set. And it is even less acceptable for his male cast-mates to excuse it away IN FRONT OF THE PERSON THAT IT HAPPENED TO….(wait for it)….WHILE SHE IS TRYING TO EXPLAIN HOW TRAUMATIZING THE EXPERIENCE WAS. What in the halfpenny fuck is happening?!

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