Netflix cancels 'Arrested Development' U.K. press tour amid backlash

Change of plans. Netflix has canceled the Arrested Development U.K. press tour amid backlash the cast has received over a New York Times interview that was published earlier this week.

“We had planned to have most of the Arrested Development cast in London this week to support the launch of the new season and meet fans,” Netflix said in a statement on Thursday, May 24. “At this time we have decided not to move ahead with promotional activity in the U.K. but hope to bring the cast back at another time.”

Some of the male cast came under fire for defending Jeffrey Tambor’s alleged behavior on the set of the comedy. Although Jessica Walter broke down in tears while speaking about the alleged verbal harassment she experienced from Tambor, the men continued to minimize the problem.

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“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,'” Bateman said during the discussion. “And when you’re in a privileged position to hire people, or have an influence in who does get hired, you make phone calls. And you say, “Hey, so I’ve heard X about person Y, tell me about that.” And what you learn is context. And you learn about character and you learn about work habits, work ethics, and you start to understand. 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, through tears, later interjected: “But it’s hard because honestly — Jason says this happens all the time. In like almost 60 years of working, I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set. And it’s hard to deal with, but I’m over it now.”

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Cast member Jessica Walter poses at a premiere for the season 5 of the television series "Arrested Development" in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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: (L-R) Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale and Will Arnett arrive for the premiere of Netflix's 'Arrested Development' Season 5 at Netflix FYSee Theater on May 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 04: Actress Jessica Walter attends The Netflix Original Series 'Arrested Development' Press Conference at Sheraton Universal on May 4, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Netflix)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 29: Actress Jessica Walter arrives at the TCL Chinese Theatre for the premiere of Netflix's 'Arrested Development' Season 4 held on April 29, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/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)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 23: Actors Tony Hale and Jessica Walter of 'Arrested Development' attend the 21st Annual Television Critics Association cocktail reception at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 23, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: (L to R) Executive producers Brian Grazer, Mitchell Hurwitz and actors Jeffrey Tambor and Jessica Walter pose at a cocktail party and script reading for FOX-TV's 'Arrested Development' at the Wadsworth Theater on August 13, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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At one point, David Cross chimed in: “One thing that Jeffrey has said a number of times that I think is important, that you don’t often hear from somebody in his position, is that he learned from the experience and he’s listening and learning and growing. That’s important to remember.”

Many fans took to social media to defend Walter and slam her costars. Others vowed to not watch the series again while some asked Netflix to cancel the show.

Since then, Bateman, Tony Hale and Cross have apologized for their part in the situation. The Veep star and Cross both said they spoke to Walter privately. Additionally, Cross said he had been off Twitter “at the behest of” his wife, Amber Tamblyn, who stated in her own tweet that she was “mad” at him for the NYT piece.

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