‘Arrested Development’s Male Castmembers Apologize for Downplaying Jeffrey Tambor’s Verbal Abuse of Jessica Walter in a Cringe-y Interview

When Jeffery Tambor was dropped from Amazon’s Transparent in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct, Arrested Development star Jason Bateman spoke in support of his colleague. “I love Jeffrey. I always will,” he said, while stating that he could not speak to the specifics of the allegations.

In group interview with The New York Times, fellow Arrested Development star Jessica Walter emotionally recounted a time when Tambor lost his temper on set. Bateman chimed in a way that seemed to try to exorcise the sting of offense out of Tambor’s behavior. His response has been the subject of criticism, for which he is now apologizing.

Bateman took to Twitter to clarify that he did not intend to excuse Tambor’s on-set behavior or to minimize Walter’s experience. He apologized for “mansplaining” and says that this has been a “big learning moment for him.”

Tony Hale has also issued a similar statement via Twitter:

Arrested Development will return to Netflix for a fifth season later this month.

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