Glee's Heather Morris addresses Lea Michele controversy

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Photo credit: Jason LaVeris - Getty Images

Glee star Heather Morris has commented on the behaviour of one of her former co-star's on the set of the Fox series.

Last year, several cast members said that Lea Michele had been difficult to work with, with Morris also commenting on the situation and tweeting that Michele was "unpleasant" to work with.

At the time, Michele offered an apology for her actions and "the pain which [she] may have caused", and said that she felt she had learnt much to "help address the injustices" people face. She added that she was using the opportunity to "reflect on [her] own shortcomings".

Now, speaking on the Everything Iconic With Danny Pellegrino podcast, Morris elaborated further on the tweet, explaining what it was like to work with Michele from her perspective.

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Photo credit: Jason LaVeris - Getty Images

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"People were like, 'This is so f***ing cryptic,' like, 'Why don't you just go and say it?'" Morris explained.

"I'm like, 'Guys, she's pregnant, and all this stuff is going around, and… it's true'. I don't know if maybe we were victims of bullying and that's a typical victim thing to do is to blame yourself… But it also is very true, and the only person who was honest about it was Naya [Rivera]. And it was something that was very hush-hush on set."

Morris added that television culture is changing and that at the time it wasn't easy to speak up about feeling uncomfortable on set - she also said that society is still learning how to become better advocates.

"We absolutely could have stepped up and gone to the Fox execs and said how we felt about the situation, and nobody really did. Now we are living in a culture where it's acceptable to go do things like that, whereas I think many people were very scared.

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"I know, genuinely, I didn't feel like it was my place. And I don't know why, because I was a cast member just like everybody else, and we all deserve to feel comfortable on a set."

After the allegations from her former cast members came out, Michele responded on Instagram and said that she was learning about the privileges she has.

"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 the injustices that they face," Michele wrote.

"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."

Michele added: "We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings."

Glee is available to stream on Netflix.

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