Arrested Development star Jason Bateman has come under fire online for repeatedly downplaying costar Jessica Walter’s feelings about the verbal harassment she endured from Jeffrey Tambor on set, as recounted in a New York Times interview with the sitcom’s cast published Wednesday.
Discussing Tambor’s behavior toward Walter, Bateman said, “Again, not to belittle it or excuse it or anything, but in the entertainment industry it is incredibly common to have people who are, in quotes, ‘difficult.’ … And what you learn is context. And you learn about character and you learn about work habits, work ethics, and you start to understand. Because it’s a very amorphous process, this sort of [expletive] that we do, you know, making up fake life. It’s a weird thing, and it is a breeding ground for atypical behavior and certain people have certain processes.”