Former Glee Stars Shade Lea Michele

Lea Michele’s former Glee co-star Samantha Ware, has claimed the actress made her life ‘a living hell’ on-set – even once threatening to defecate ‘in her wig.’

Rachel Berry

The leading lady, 33, who played Rachel Berry on the show, took to social media on Saturday to pay tribute to George Floyd and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, yet the message was met with an acerbic response from Samantha Ware, 28.

In response to Lea’s short message reading: ‘George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end’, Samantha, who played Jane Hayward on the show, made her bold allegations about behind-the-scenes drama.

Lea joined millions of social media users in drawing attention to George Floyd’s horrific death, after he passed away in an incident of police brutality.


Despite the kind intentions behind her message, Samantha swiftly hit back with the bold allegations about the behind-the-scenes dramas on the Glee set. The star, who appeared in 2015’s sixth season, responded to Lea’s tweet – which rounded out with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, by writing:

”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.’

Other Glee Stars Supported Samantha

Alex Newell, Amber Riley and Dabier Snell – who all co-starred in ‘Glee’ – reacted to the tweet in support of Samantha.

Alex and Amber shared gifs, with Alex posting the ‘Get her, Jade’ meme from Drag Race, while Dabier wrote: ‘GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE ‘I DIDNT BELONG THERE’ F**K YOU LEA (sic).’

Support and more support

Community actress Yvette Nicole Brown showed her support for Samantha by writing:

‘I felt every one of those capital letters.’ And Alex replied: ‘Felt like claps!!’

Hailee Steinfield

Meanwhile, back in 2011, Hailee Steinfeld, now 23, revealed how Lea made her cry on the Paramount lot.

She told J-14 magazine: ‘When I was auditioning for ‘True Grit’, I was on the Paramount lot. I was wearing clothes from the 1800s that were big and uncomfortable. Glee’ also films on the lot and I love that show…

‘I saw Lea Michele just walking to her trailer, and I was like, ”That’s the girl from ‘Glee’. I’ve got to go ask for her autograph!’

‘So I walked up to her and asked for her autograph, but she walked by and a guy came and said, ‘Sorry, now’s not a good time!’ I was so sad! I was practically crying on the way home.’


Michele, who is expecting a child with her husband, businessman Zandy Reich, 37, played the role of Rachel Berry on the show’s six seasons, getting nominated for an Emmy and two Golden Globe awards with the part.

Ware was on the show for 11 shows in 2015 in its sixth season. Her career has flourished with turns on shows such as What/If, Chicago Med and God Friended Me.

Naya Rivera

Four years ago, former Glee star Naya Rivera said Michele brought ego, tension and hostility onto the set with her.

In her 2016 book, Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing Up, she wrote: ‘If I’d complained about anyone or anything, she’d assumed I was b****ng about her’.

In the tome, Naya said Michele eventually stopped speaking with her altogether.

‘She started to ignore me, and eventually it got to the point where she didn’t say a word to me for all of Season 6,’ Rivera said, ‘Lea and I definitely weren’t the best of friends, and I doubt we’ll ever sit on her couch and eat kale together again.’

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