A reunion that won’t happen. Chris ColferRecently, I was unable to see a fellow. GleeAlum Lea MicheleIn Funny Girl — and he has no plans to check out her performance in the future.
The Lightning strikes star, 32, declined Michelle Collins‘ invitation to the Broadway show during a Tuesday, October 11, appearance on SiriusXM’s The Michelle Collins Show. “My day suddenly got so full,” the Land of StoriesThe 41-year old radio host asked author if he wanted him to join her at theater. “I saw Six last night, and that was amazing.”
When the comedian asked Colfer if he would consider seeing Michele, 36, on a different evening, the Golden Globe winner replied, “No, I can be triggered at home.”
The former Scream Queens star made her Funny GirlAfter last month’s debut Beanie FeldsteinSome exited the show sooner than was originally planned. Some GleeFans were thrilled to see Michele play Fanny Brice, just like Rachel Berry. However, other observers weren’t happy with the casting choice.
Samantha Ware, who claimed in 2020 that Michele made her life “a living hell” on the Gleeset, was unabashed in her criticism. “Yes, I’m online today. Yes, I see y’all. Yes, I care,” the All Rise star, 31, tweeted in July after her former costar’s casting was announced. “Yes, I’m affected. Yes, I’m human. Yes, I’m Black. Yes, I was abused. Yes, my dreams were tainted. Yes, Broadway supports whiteness. Yes, Hollywood does. Yes, silence can be complicity. Yes, I’m loud. Yes, I’d do it again.”
More was revealed about Ware’s initial allegations when she first made them public. GleeMichele was accused of misconduct by former students. Heather Morris tweeted in June 2020 that the “Cannonball” singer was “unpleasant to work with,” while Dabier Snell claimed Michele wouldn’t let him sit with her and other cast members during downtime.
Michele, for her parts, has since apologized for the outcry. “Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused,” she via Instagram in June 2020. “I listened to these criticisms and I am learning and while I am very sorry, I will be better in the future from this experience.”
In an interview with the BBC, the Broadway actress addressed rumors of her past misbehaviors. The New York Times. “I have an edge to me. I work really hard,” she said in September. “I leave no room for mistakes. That level of perfectionism, or that pressure of perfectionism, left me with a lot of blind spots.”
Like Colfer, fellow GleeStar Kevin McHale recently revealed he won’t be seeing Michele in Funny GirlHowever, cast members have also shown support. Jonathan GroffA close friend of the actress attended the opening night show, while Darren Crissvisited earlier in the month. “The amount of times this guy has heard me sing Don’t Rain On My Parade,” Michele captioned a photo of herself with Criss, 35, backstage. “I love you @darrencriss and @miavoncriss.”