T.J. Miller fired back at his former “Silicon Valley” star Alice Wetterlund during an appearance on SiriusXM’s “Jim Norton & Sam Roberts” show (via Variety). The comedian responded to Wetterlund’s claim that male cast members on the HBO comedy series enabled his bullying on set by saying it was Wetterlund who was the difficult one on set.
Wetterlund called Miller “a bully and petulant brat” in a series of tweets published on July 18. The actress, who played Carla Walton on two seasons of “Silicon Valley,” had similar thoughts on her male co-stars. Wetterlund did not reference actors by name, but she said the “male cast members enabled [Miller] and were complicit in his unprofessionalism. “They can fuck off forever,” she said. “I don’t know if other women on the show had a different experience than me, but it was kind of a nightmare.”
“She may have had that experience, but it’s people trying to enter the headlines and get into the media cycle,” Miller said of Wetterlund’s accusation. “It was not my experience that anyone was bullying her or being mean to her.”
“Truthfully, I felt like it was difficult to work with her because she kept interrupting Zach Woods during takes and even when she was off camera,” he continued. “Obviously, there was some sort of disconnect because she’s saying these negative things about me and then attacking the mostly all-male cast of ‘Silicon Valley.’”
Miller went on to criticize internet culture for instantly taking sides on the matter. Prior to Wetterlund’s claims, Miller was accused of sexual abuse by one of his former college acquaintances. Miller denied the allegation. The actor left “Silicon Valley” after season four. Miller was also arrested in April for calling in a fake bomb threat.
“It’s just a confusing time right now because there’s so much anger and they don’t know where to fire,” Miller said. “I’ve been talking about the Internet in general turning the world into high school, where gossip is immediately true. There’s no court of law…any time you get into the he-said-she-said stuff, you get into a difficult grey area because there’s no proof either way but people love to bully and mob mentality is very easy to get into.”
Since leaving “Silicon Valley,” Miller has appeared in “Deadpool 2” and “Ready Player One.” Following Wetterlund’s bullying accusation, HBO issued a statement saying it was committed to creating a “welcoming and congenial environment” for everyone who works on “Silicon Valley.”