Arrested Development's Jessica Walter opens up about Jeffrey Tambor harassing her on set

Tambor has been accused of sexual assault on the sets of Transparent, post which he was dropped from the show. Since then, he has also verbally harassed Walter on set


                            Arrested Development's Jessica Walter opens up about Jeffrey Tambor harassing her on set

Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor has been problematic for quite a while now; and on the receiving end of one of his on-set verbal outbursts was co-star from the same show, Jessica Walter.

Recently in a New York Times interview, Walter opened up about her allegations against the actor, while the rest of cast members of the show, including Tambor, engaged in the discussion too.

Jessica Walter, Alia Shawkat, Will Arnett, David Cross, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor and Jason Bateman take part in SiriusXM's Town Hall with The Cast of Arrested Development. Getty images.
Jessica Walter, Alia Shawkat, Will Arnett, David Cross, Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor and Jason Bateman take part in SiriusXM's Town Hall with The Cast of Arrested Development. Getty images.

Apart from Walter and Tambor, Tony Hale, Jason Bateman, Alia Shawkat, Will Arnett and David Cross were also present on the panel discussing the topic.

As for Walter, she shared about the time Tambor blew up at her, saying: “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.”

Jessica Walter alleged co-star Jeffrey Tambor of verbally harassing her on the sets of Arrested Development. Getty images.
Jessica Walter alleged co-star Jeffrey Tambor of verbally harassing her on the sets of Arrested Development. Getty images.

A teary eyed Walter then looked at Tambor — who was sitting a few feet away from her — and said: “And I have to give you a chance to, you know, for us to be friends again.”

She then continued: “But it’s hard because honestly — Jason [Bateman] says this happens all the time. In like almost 60 years of working, I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set. And it’s hard to deal with, but I’m over it now.”

Jason Bateman showed support to Tambor since news of sexual harassment allegatiions against him broke out. Getty images.
Jason Bateman showed support to Tambor since news of sexual harassment allegatiions against him broke out. Getty images.

But the incident of the past hasn't put Walter completely off the idea of working with Tambor again in the future.

She admitted that she would not hesitate to work with the actor - who was dropped from the show Transparent post allegations of sexual harassment blew up against him.

“I don’t want to walk around with anger,” she said. “I respect him as an actor. We’ve known each other for years and years and years. No, no, no, no. Of course, I would work with him again in a heartbeat.”