Actor and producer Jason Bateman has apologised after his comments in a New York Times interview in which he defended Arrested Development co-star Jeffrey Tambor whilst a tearful Jessica Walter recounted an incident where she had been verbally abused.
Bateman has been on the receiving end of a backlash over his remarks, but took to Twitter to apologise, in a series of tweets:
Based on listening to the NYT interview and hearing people’s thoughts online, I realize that I was wrong here.
I sound like I’m condoning yelling at work. I do not.
It sounds like I’m excusing Jeffery. I do not.
It sounds like I’m insensitive to Jessica. I am not.
In fact, I’m horrified that I wasn’t more aware of how this incident affected her.
I was so eager to let Jeffrey know that he was supported in his attempt to learn, grow and apologize that I completely underestimated the feelings of the victim, another person I deeply love – and she was sitting right there!
I’m incredibly embarrassed and deeply sorry to have done that to Jessica. This is a big learning moment for me.
I shouldn’t have tried so hard to mansplain, or fix a fight, or make everything okay.
I should’ve focused more on what the most important part of it all is – there’s never any excuse for abuse, in any form, from any gender. And, the victim’s voice needs to be heard and respected.
I didn’t say that and instead said a bunch of other stuff and not very well.
I deeply, and sincerely, apologize.