Production had to implement intense security measures to keep rabid Gleeks at bayThe Price of Glee Stephen Kramer Glickman Justin Neill
Lea Michele literally pulled a Mean GirlsWe all been knew that several Glee cast members have accused Lea Michele of racism and bullying. Back in 2020, Samantha Ware responded to a Black Lives Matter tweet that Michele shared. She wrote: “Lmao, remember when you made my first television gig a living hell? Cause I’ll never forget”. Ware alleged Michele told other cast members she would “shit in [her] wig amongst other traumatic microaggressions”. Ware’s accusations of bullying weren’t isolated; Heather Morris admitted that Michele was “unpleasant to work with” and claimed on Danny Pellegrino‘s Everything Iconic podcast that the Glee cast was “scared” to report Michele’s “bullying” to the big dogs. Amber Riley also neither confirmed nor denied whether Michele was racist when Ziwe posed the question. INTERESTING. Lore completed, let’s scoot back to The Price of Glee. Assistant to the executive director Garrett Greer echoed the claims that Michele was not particularly nice to work with. He claimed she was a “narcissist” and alleged that “if there was ever a threat to [her character’s] attention, that caused conflict”. Dabier Snell, who appeared in one episode of Glee in Season 4, alleged Michele banned him from sitting with the main cast at lunch.
“After we had filmed that scene and obviously there was lunch, Darren [Criss] was like, ‘Yo, you should come by. All the cast members will probably sit down,'” Snell said.
“I was like, ‘Alright, cool.’ I was there maybe 10 minutes and then I got pulled by somebody on set.
“They were like, ‘Hey, Dab, can I talk to you for a minute?’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, sure.’ So, she goes, ‘Somebody specifically at the table doesn’t want you sitting there.’ And I was like, ‘What?’ So, she was like, ‘I’m really sorry about that. It’s not about you. It’s just the person there doesn’t feel like you belong with the rest of the group.'”Snell claimed he asked the crew member if the “somebody specifically” was Michele, and said they made a “wincing face” and nodded. “Like, wow, I really got pulled because of my status on the show,” Snell said. “I’ve never really experienced anything like that, even in a high school setting.”
The cast reportedly competed for social media followersHair department head Dugg Kirkpatrick — who also claimed he was mates with Monteith — alleged a rivalry kicked off on set about social media followers. “I would often see the actors gathered, talking about how many people they’d acquired as followers,” Kirkpatrick claimed. “And there was a competition. In the beginning, when they had to tweet every day, it was Lea that really had the numbers.”
“The fighting began almost immediately,” journalist Andy Swift added.
The Glee crew experienced a lot of lossThe Price of Glee revealed that Monteith and Rivera’s deaths weren’t the only tragedies associated with Glee. During the show’s run, several crew members passed away. According to Rivera’s stand-in Jodi Tanaka, assistant director Jim Fuller died of a heart attack; production assistant Nancy Motes died by suicide; and Matthew Morrison‘s stand-in Mark Watson died suddenly. The details around his death are unknown, but the docuseries posited it may have been related to a “car fire”. Mitchell Byerly — who worked on Glee as a rigging gaffer along with his brother J.A. — also died by suicide. His brother alleged that his death was related to “the intenseness of the show” and long working hours. “On the rigging crew, you are constantly working daily … Most of our time cards are at 72 hours,” Byerly claimed. “I blame it on the show. Why didn’t they shut down the show?” Chris Baffa, the director of photography for Glee‘s first three seasons, said a “pattern” started emerging.
“This was a big set, a lot of people,” he said.
“But to lose so many people, so quickly, you see a pattern forming there that to me is still unbelievable.”
The cast allegedly weren’t ready to resume filming after Cory Monteith diedLea Michele — who was dating Monteith at the time of his death — made the call to resume filming a few weeks after he passed away. “Ultimately, the person who made the decision was Lea, who felt that the best thing for the cast and crew was to be together and to get back to work and be together every day and talk about our memories of him,” Ryan Murphy told People at the time.
The crew allegedly worked … A LOTOne Glee crew member claimed you “were expected to work hard … or you wouldn’t work there anymore”. Another alleged they worked between 72 and 100 hours a week, which is simply cruel. The Price of Glee is currently streaming on ID and discovery+ over in the States. It will be coming to Foxtel later this year, but the premiere date hasn’t been confirmed.
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