Lea Michele screamed at crew and snubbed contestants as a ‘nightmare’ guest on American Idol in 2019, source claims – The Sun

LEA Michele screamed at crew and snubbed contestants during a guest appearance on American Idol in 2019, a source exclusively claimed to The Sun.

The new claims come after Lea, 33, was accused of bullying and “racist” behavior by her former Glee and Broadway co-stars.


A source exclusively told The Sun of her April 2019 stint as a guest performer: “She was a nightmare on Idol. One contestant asked for a picture and she didn’t even say no. She just walked away.”

The Glee alum appeared on American Idol to perform “Part of Your World” to promote The Little Mermaid concert.

The insider continued to claim: “She was yelling at the audio team saying they didn’t understand her and that she can’t go on like this. She was just a diva.

“The contestants were so excited about her appearance and then she was a nightmare to everyone.”

The source alleged: “She is truly just awful.”

Samantha Ware, 28, who played Jane Hayward on the sixth season of Glee in 2015, blasted Lea after she paid tribute to George Floyd on social media.

Samantha responded to the tribute: "Remember when you made my first television gig a living hell?!?!…

"Cause I'll never forget… I believe you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would 's*** in my wig!' amongst other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood.”

Glee stars Alex Newell, Amber Riley and Dabier Snell came to Samantha’s defense.

Dabier claimed: “Girl you wouldn’t let me sit at the table with the other cast members cause ‘I didn’t belong there’ f**k you Lea you don’t give a f**k.”


Glee co-star Heather Morris also spoke out against Lea.

She wrote: "Was she unpleasant to work with? Very much so; for Lea to treat others with the disrespect that she did for as long as she did, I believe she SHOULD be called out.

“And yet, it’s also on us because to allow it to go on for so long without speaking out is something else we’re learning along with the rest of society.”

She ended: "But, at the current moment it's implied that she is a racist and although I cannot comment on her beliefs, I think we’re assuming, and you know what happens when we all assume…"

Transgender model Plastic Martyr exclusively claimed to The Sun that Lea made her “feel like a circus freak” when they ran into each other at the Grammy Awards in 2010.

She claimed: "I was in the bathroom, I don't know her at all, I just recognized her, and I'm washing my hands and I went to reach for the soap or the paper towels.

"She was standing there with her friends, talking s***, being a mean girl, making fun of people's outfits. I was just trying to get out of there. I said, 'Excuse me,' and she's standing there blocking my reach.

"She goes, 'Excuse me?' and she looks at her friends, looks at me again, and says, 'Excuse you, you're in the woman's bathroom.'"

Lea posted a lengthy apology that read: “One of the most important lessons of the last few weeks is that we need to take the time to listen and learn about other people's perspectives and any role we have played or anything we can do to help address injustices they face…

"When I tweeted the other day, it was meant to be a show of support for our friends and neighbors and communities of color during this really difficult time…

"But the responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus on how my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them.”

She continued: “While I don't remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that's not really the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people.

"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.”

Lea, who is expecting her first child with husband Zandy Reich, added: "We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings."

She ended the apology: "I am a couple of months from becoming a mother and I know I need to keep working to better myself and take responsibility for my actions, so that I can be a real role model for my child and so I can pass along my lessons and mistakes, so that they can learn from me.

"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.”

But her apology was not well received.

Emma Hutton, Lea's Spring Awakening co-star, commented: "This is not an apology.”

Another Broadway co-star, Gerard Canonico, added: “Seems to have been deleted. So I’ll try again. You were nothing but a nightmare to me and fellow understudy cast members.

“You made us feel like we didn’t belong there. I tried for years to be nice to you to no avail. Maybe actually apologize instead of placing the blame on how others ‘perceive’ you. You’ll probably just delete this though.”

As a result of the allegations, Hello Fresh ended their partnership with Lea.

A rep for Lea did not respond to The Sun's request for comment.

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