A third member of the “Arrested Development” cast expressed remorse for his comments regarding Jeffrey Tambor’s behavior on set.
David Cross, who plays Tobias on the series, plans to apologize to his co-star Jessica Walter, who says Tambor verbally harassed her on the set of the show. Cross — along with Jason Bateman and Tony Hale — supported Tambor during a recent New York Times interview featuring much of the cast, during which Walter was moved to tears.
“I will unequivocally apologize to Jessica,” Cross told Gothamist. “I’m sorry that we behaved the way we behaved.”
Walter addressed the incident with Tambor, who was also present for the interview, for the first time during the conversation with The Times, which was published Wednesday. Before she could share her side of the story, however, Bateman jumped in to explain that it’s common to work with people who are “difficult” in the entertainment industry.
Cross, meanwhile, said it’s important that Tambor has said he “learned from the experience” and is “listening and learning and growing.”
Walter finally addressed the incident by tearfully saying she’s “never had anybody yell at me like that on set” in her nearly 60 years in the industry.
“I have to let go of being angry at him,” Walter said during The Times interview. “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.”
Cross also noted during the interview that the type of behavior they were discussing “didn’t come out of the blue.
“It wasn’t zero to 60,” Cross said. “There is a cumulative effect sometimes.”
He has since, however, said there’s a difference between yelling and what Tambor did.
“I think what Jeffrey did was egregious and there was a little bit of cruelty to it, which I have a real issue with,” he told Gothamist.
Bateman was first to issue an apology Thursday. He wrote in a series of tweets that he was “incredibly embarrassed and deeply sorry to have done that to Jessica.”
Hale, who said during the interview that they’ve “all had our moments” on set, said he was sorry a few hours later.
Tambor returns for the newest season of “Arrested Development” after being fired from another series, “Transparent,” following allegations of sexual misconduct. He has denied that accusation, but admitted during a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter that he was “difficult” and yelled at people involved with the show.