David Cross apologizes to Jessica Walter for defending Jeffrey Tambor

Wade Sheridan
Arrested Development star Jessica Walter. Her co-star David Cross has also apologized for recently defending Jeffrey Tambor. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
"Arrested Development" star Jessica Walter. Her co-star David Cross has also apologized for recently defending Jeffrey Tambor. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

May 25 (UPI) -- David Cross has also apologized for defending Jeffrey Tambor regarding an incident he had with Jessica Walter on the set of Arrested Development Season 5, following in the footsteps of fellow co-stars Jason Bateman and Tony Hale.

Cross, Walter, Tambor, Bateman, Hale and others from the Netflix comedy including Will Arnett and Alia Shawkat, recently took part in a group interview with The New York Times where it appeared that Cross, Bateman and Hale were defending Tambor after it was mentioned that he verbally abused Walter on set.


"Let me just say one thing that I just realized in this conversation. I have to let go of being angry at him. 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. And I have to give you a chance to, you know, for us to be friends again," Walter said about the confrontation with Tambor, who was let go from Amazon's Transparent amid sexual harassment allegations.


"I agree with everybody. And I think it's important to note -- and it hasn't been noted -- that this kind of behavior that's being described, it didn't just come out of the blue. It wasn't zero to 60. There is a cumulative effect sometimes," Cross said after hearing Bateman and Hale's defensive remarks about Tambor's outburst.

"I will unequivocally apologize to Jessica. I'm sorry that we behaved the way we behaved," Cross told Gothamist on Thursday. Bateman and Hale also apologized.

Cross also mentioned the severity of Tambor's outburst and how he wished he had stood up for Walter during the incident.

"It's one thing to pop off a little bit, to let frustrations boil over, that happens in any workplace. If it had just been that, then it would have been not cool, but par for the course for where we were and what was happening," he said. "I think what Jeffrey did was egregious and there was a little bit of cruelty to it, which I have a real issue with."

Cross' wife, a founding member of Time's Up, posted on Twitter her disappointment with how Cross handled the group interview through the use of gifs featuring Walter, Shawkat and Portia de Rossi giving disapproving faces while on Arrested Development.


Tamblyn also said on Twitter that she spoke to both Walter and Shawkat about what happened.

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