Samantha Marie Ware says Lea Michele threatened to 's— in my wig,' made her time on Glee 'hell'
Replying to a tweet from Michele in support of Black Lives Matter on Friday, Ware accused the actress of making her time on the hit TV show a "living hell."
"LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?!" Ware tweeted. "CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD 'S--- IN MY WIG!'"
Ware said the incident was among "OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD..."
Ware starred in 11 episodes of Glee in 2015, playing glee club hopeful Jane Hayward. Her character ended up joining the group New Directions, helmed by Michele's protagonist Rachel Berry. Ware has also appeared in shows like Barry, What/If, and God Friended Me.
Ware's tweet blew up within a few hours, notching nearly 60,000 likes and counting. Fans and celebrities alike flocked to the thread to support Ware and express their disgust over the situation. Community actress Yvette Nicole Brown chimed in, tweeting, "I felt every one of those capital letters."
Shortly after Ware's tweet, actor Dabier, who acted in one episode of Glee in 2014, also called out Michele for rude behavior.
Dabier wrote: "GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE “I DIDNT BELONG THERE” F--- YOU LEA"
Other actors quickly joined the conversation, with all of them seeming to support Ware and criticize Michele.
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist star Alex Newell, who acted alongside Michele on Glee, encouraged Ware to speak up by sharing the "Get her, Jade" meme from RuPaul's Drag Race.
In a full-circle moment, actor and Drag Race alum Willam Belli quote-tweeted Newell's post by saying "Lea treated me so subhuman i left the set of Glee. Pass the [popcorn emoji]"
Although she didn't directly address the drama, Glee alum Amber Riley spoke volumes with her tweets that were sent around the time of Ware's post.
On Tuesday, recipe-kit delivery service HelloFresh announced it had ended its partnership with Michele following the claims. "HelloFresh does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind," the company wrote in a tweet. "We are disheartened and disappointed to learn of the recent claims concerning Lea Michele. We take this very seriously, and have ended our partnership with Lea Michele, effective immediately."
EW has reached out to representatives of Ware and Michele for further comment.
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