Jason Bateman responds to backlash over Jeffrey Tambor comments

Jason Bateman is changing his tune. The actor has responded to the backlash he received on Wednesday, May 23, after defending his Arrested Development costar Jeffrey Tambor for his alleged behavior on the set of the comedy.

“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,” Bateman, 49, tweeted on Thursday. “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!”

Just hours earlier, the New York Times released an interview the publication conducted with the Ozark star and his Arrested Development costars — including Jessica Walter. Walter, who has claimed in the past that Tambor, 73, verbally harassed her on set, was reportedly visibly upset when Bateman seemingly minimized Tambor’s alleged behavior.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actors Jeffrey Tambor and Kasia Ostlun attend The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. 26592_008 (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actor Jeffrey Tambor attends the 2017 Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party on January 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Jeffrey Tambor and Kasia Ostlun attends the Amazon Studios Golden Globes Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Jeffrey Tambor speaks onstage during the 6th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HAITI RISING Gala Benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organizationat Montage Hotel on January 7, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization )
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Jeffrey Tambor (L) and Kasia Ostlun attend The BAFTA Tea Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 12: Jeffrey Tambor (L) and Adam DeVine attend a basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actor Jeffrey Tambor attends the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actor Jeffrey Tambor, winner of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for 'Transparent', poses in the press room at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Doris Roberts and Jeffrey Tambor at the 5th Annual Prism Awards at CBS Television City, Los Angeles, Ca. 4/4/01. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
381390 33: Actor Jeffrey Tambor and wife attend the premiere of Dr. Seuss'' 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas' November 8, 2000 at Universal City in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 25: Actor Jeffrey tambor of the ABC network show 'That Was Then' attends the ABC Primetime Preview Weekend on August 25, 2002 at Disney's California Park in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JULY 21: Actor Jeffrey Tambor arrives at the opening night of 'Hairspray' on July 21, 2004 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 12: Actor Jeffrey Tambor (L) and his wife Kasia arrive at the 2004 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on September 12, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Actors Portia de Rossi and Jeffrey Tambor attend the FOX 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Gala at Spago September 19, 2004 Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Actor Jeffrey Tambor arrives to the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel January 16, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: (L-R) Presenters Tony Hale, Jason Bateman, Jeffrey Tambor and Will Arnett present the Television Episodic Drama award onstage during the 15th Annual Environmental Media Awards held at Ebell Club of Los Angeles on October 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 17: Actor Jeffrey Tambor (L) and wife Kasia Ostlun arrive at Sony Pictures premiere of 'Monster House' held at Mann's Village Theatre on July 17, 2006 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 27: (L-R) Actor John Lithgow, TV Show Host/Model Heidi Klum, and Actor Jeffrey Tambor present the award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series onstage at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on August 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 18: Actor Jeffrey Tambor attends Distinctive Assets gift lounge at The HBO Comedy Festival at Caesar's Palace on November 18, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO - JULY 24: Actors Jeffrey Tambor (L) and Joe Lo Truglio speak onstage at the 'Paul' panel during Comic-Con 2010 at San Diego Convention Center on July 24, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 14: Actors Jeffrey Tambor (L) and Blythe Danner arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Paul' held at Grauman's Chinese Theater on March 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Jeffrey Tambor (L) and Jessica Walter attend The 2011 New Yorker Festival: 'Arrested Development' Panel at Acura at SIR Stage37 on October 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Actor Jeffrey Tambor seen backstage prior to the Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Performance at Madison Square Garden on December 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Actor Jeffrey Tambor (L) and Muno perform at the Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! Performance at Madison Square Garden on December 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Actor Jeffrey Tambor attends the 'Phil Spector' premiere at the Time Warner Center on March 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Actor Jeffrey Tambor (C) and Kasia Ostlun (R) pose with their family at Day 1 of AKC 'Meet The Breeds' showcase at Jacob Javits Center on September 28, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for American Kennel Club)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Actor Jeffrey Tambor attends Amazon Studios Premiere Screening for 'Alpha House' on November 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 12: Actor Jeffrey Tambor speaks onstage at the 'Transparent' panel during the Amazon Prime Instant Video portion of the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actors Jeffrey Tambor (L) and Judith Light attend the Amazon red carpet premiere screening for brand-new dark comedy, 'Transparent,' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on September 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor Jeffrey Tambor, winner of Best Actor in a Television Series  Musical or Comedy for 'Transparent,' poses in the press room during the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 11: (L-R) Actress Kathryn Hahn, actress Judith Light, show creator/director Jill Soloway, actor Jeffrey Tambor, actress Amy Landecker, and actress Melora Hardin attend the 'Transparent' Cast and Crew Golden Globes Viewing Party at The London West Hollywood on January 11, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Amazon Studios)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: (L-R) Jeffrey Tambor, Jack Black, James Marsden, Andrew Mogel, Russell Posner, Jarrad Paul, and Kathryn Hahn from 'D-Train' wear pins to support #TackleEbola in a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 23: Actors Jack Black (L) and Jeffrey Tambor from 'D-Train' pose for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Actor Jeffrey Tambor attends The Point Foundation's Annual Point Honors New York Gala at New York Public Library on April 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Point Foundation)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 31: Actor Jeffrey Tambor accepts the Best Actor in a Comedy Series award for 'Transparent' onstage at the 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 19: Actor Jeffrey Tambor speaks onstage at the Amazon Original Series 'Transparent' Emmy FYC screening at the Paley Center For Media on May 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actors Kasia Ostlun (L) and Jeffrey Tambor attend the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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“I’m incredibly embarrassed and deeply sorry to have done that to Jessica,” Bateman continued via Twitter. “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. Period. I didn’t say that and instead said a bunch of other stuff and not very well. I deeply, and sincerely, apologize.”

In the NYT piece, Tambor said he had “profusely apologized” to Walter for his actions before Bateman interjected with the remark that left many criticizing him. “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,’” he said at the time. “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.”

Walter chimed in: “Let me just say one thing that I just realized in this conversation. I have to let go of being angry at him. He never crossed the line on our show, with any … sexual whatever. Verbally, yes, he harassed me, but he did apologize. I have to let it go.”

Tambor was previously fired from his Amazon series Transparent after being accused of misconduct by both Transparent guest star Trace Lysette and a former assistant. “I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me,” the Emmy winner said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly on February 15. “I am even more disappointed in [series creator] Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow castmates. In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set.”

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Jessica Walter takes part in SiriusXM's Town Hall with the cast of Arrested Development hosted by SiriusXM's Jessica Shaw at SiriusXM Studio on May 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: (Back Row L-R) Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Bateman, Tony Hale, David Cross (Front Row L-R) Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat and Jessica Walter take part in SiriusXM's Town Hall with the cast of Arrested Development hosted by SiriusXM's Jessica Shaw at SiriusXM Studio on May 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17: Jessica Walter attends the 'Arrested Development' Season 5 Premiere on May 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17: Jessica Walter attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Arrested Development' Season 5 at Netflix FYSee Theater on May 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Jessica Walter arrives at the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards - Day 1 at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Jessica Walter attends the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: (L-R) Mitchell Hurwitz, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Bateman, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett attends The Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony honoring Jason Bateman on July 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: Jessica Walter arrives at the 'Archer' press line at Comic-Con International 2017 on July 21, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/FilmMagic)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: Jessica Walter attends SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio Channel Broadcasts From Comic Con 2017 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 21, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: Jessica Walter attends the FX Network 2017 All-Star Upfront at SVA Theater on April 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Jessica Walter (L) and Amber Nash discuss 'Archer' during the Build Series at Build Studio on April 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: (L-R) Actors Amber Nash, Lucky Yates and Jessica Walter attend the Build Series to discuss the animated series 'Archer' at Build Studio on April 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
DIFFICULT PEOPLE -- 'Criminal Minds' Episode 308 -- Pictured: (l-r) David Krumholtz as Ray, Jessica Walter as Mildred -- (Photo by: Barbara Nitke/Universal Cable Productions)
DIFFICULT PEOPLE -- 'Criminal Minds' Episode 308 -- Pictured: Jessica Walter as Mildred -- (Photo by: Barbara Nitke/Universal Cable Productions)
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Despite the Transparent scandal, it was announced earlier this month that he would be returning to Arrested Development on Netflix.

 

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