“We take this very seriously, and have ended our partnership with Lea Michele, effective immediately,” HelloFresh tweeted
No Longer A Partner
Lea Michele is no longer a HelloFresh partner after she tweeted in support of Black Lives Matter and then was accused of making her former Glee castmate’s time on set a “living hell” when they worked together on the show’s sixth season.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the meal-kit company wrote, “HelloFresh does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind.”
“We are disheartened and disappointed to learn of the recent claims concerning Lea Michele. We take this very seriously and have ended our partnership with Lea Michele, effective immediately,” the statement continued.
HelloFresh does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind. We are disheartened and disappointed to learn of the recent claims concerning Lea Michele. We take this very seriously, and have ended our partnership with Lea Michele, effective immediately.
— HelloFresh US (@HelloFresh) June 2, 2020
Michele, 33, had been an active ambassador for the brand, promoting the company as recently as May 20.
“So grateful for HelloFresh, now more than ever. Even though I’m just hanging at home, taking care of myself has become even MORE important,” Michele, who is expecting her first child with husband Zandy Reich, said at the time.
However, a source close to the actress tells PEOPLE the partnership “was nearing its conclusion regardless.
In response, Glee actress Samantha Marie Ware made allegations about Michele while replying to the tweet:
“LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISION GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET.”
LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD “SHIT IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD… https://t.co/RkcaMBmtDA
— SAMEYAAAAAA (@Sammie_Ware) June 2, 2020
Ware — who played Jane Hayward on the musical TV series for 11 episodes in 2015 — alleged that Michele “told everyone” that she would “s— in [Ware’s] wig.” Ware, 28, also said Michele made other “traumatic” microaggressions that made her “question a career in Hollywood.”
No Further Details
Ware did not provide further detail and did not specifically accuse Michele of any racially discriminatory behavior.
Following her first TV job on Glee, Ware went on to appear in shows like Margot vs. Lily and Netflix’s What/If. Michele went on to star in Scream Queens and The Mayor — a comedy series in which she starred alongside former costar, Yvette Nicole Brown.
In response to Ware’s tweet about Michele, Brown replied to Ware’s message and wrote, “I felt every one of those capital letters. ✊🏾”
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