Lea Michele apologizes for being rude & obnoxious


Here is Glee’s Lea Michele on the cover of the June issue of Women’s Health Magazine. There’s no interview excerpts yet, so unfortunately we’re just going to have to make do with some recent stories about Lea.

As some know, Lea was named one of Time Magazine’s “Most Influential” people a few weeks ago. The big dinner was held last week, and Lea attended, as did people like Betty White, Sarah Palin, Ashton Kutcher, and Prince, amongst many others. According to Page Six, Lea “was not suffering from humility” when photographer Patrick McMullan took her photo at the gala event, then asked for her name. Lea replied “Sarah Palin” and McMullen was like, “No really, what’s your name?” Lea tried it again: “Taylor Swift.” Allegedly, McMullen then said “F-ck you” and walked away, although some sources don’t report that. Page Six did note, however, that Lea “seemed really annoyed he didn’t know who she was.”

So Lea got called out on a lot of blogs for acting like a don’t-you-know-who-I-am diva when, seriously, most people couldn’t pick her out of a lineup. So now, days after the event, Lea finally took to her Twitter to apologize/clarify, tweeting: “Big apology to @PatrickMcMullan. Totally didn’t expect you (or anyone) @Time 100 to know who I was w/all the amazin people there:)” and “Made a silly joke that didn’t go over, so sorry. It was such an incredible night and I was beyond honored and thrilled to be there:)”. Ha! Well, at least she apologized.

Am I the only one who is still annoyed by her though? I only know her from random interviews and red carpets, but I don’t care for the way she presents herself. She comes across like a pageant girl – all big teeth and fake smiles who will shank you as soon as she gets the chance.

Actress Lea Michele arrives for Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World gala in New York

Lea Michele of Glee arrives at the Time 100 Gala in New York

Glee Spring Premiere Soiree

Women’s Health cover courtesy of CoverAwards.

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  1. irishserra says:


  2. Jackson says:

    First, I have no idea who she is. Second, she just looks like some chick who works at the mall…not that there’s anything wrong with that…just sayin’. By the way, how old is she??

  3. Rachel says:

    Love her!

  4. EMV says:

    I understood the joke…She probably would have given him her name if she thought he was going to be impatient and walk away saying FU. That is what caught me off guard about this. Not that she was kidding around allegedly. i think people are just trying to make a moutain out of a molehill

  5. lucy2 says:

    Glad she at least apologized. Much like the Gabby Sidibe story, I think she’s new to all the attention, and needs to learn that you have to play nice all the time or it will get reported otherwise, and that some people will take you seriously, even if you’re trying to joke. Unlike Gabby, this is not the first time I’ve heard of Lea being a diva, so I hope she knocks it off. She really talented, but a bad personality can overshadow that quickly.

    I do think it’s kind of funny that a photographer covering the event didn’t know who she was, considering she was named one of the “100 Most Influential”!

    I’ve loved some of the award show gowns she’s worn, but I hate the top of that peachy satin one with the cut out – reminds me of that horrible dress with the cut outs and bows that Sela Ward wore once – it was so bad I still remember it!

  6. Morning Glory says:

    She looks like Demi Lovato. At least she owed up to it and didn’t blame it on the media or some such crap.

  7. ering says:

    How in the hell is she one of the top 100 most influential?

  8. Bee says:

    Lea may be a little arrogant, but unlike so many other so called celebrities she is off the charts talented, and is an amazing singer and performer (Glee, Spring Awakening).I don’t mind a little divatude from a celebrity if they actually have the skills to back it up. Unlike someone like Lindsay “don’t you know who I am?” Lohan.

  9. Holycow says:

    Why does she look so old? How old is she? Looks like one of those housewives.

  10. Lori says:

    I won’t even google this girl to find out who she is because I don’t want to contribute to her hits on the web. I am sick of her face though. LOL

  11. Lori says:

    p.s. fix your nose. that is all.

  12. javagirl1 says:


  13. FattyMcButterpants says:

    She’s very, very talented but maybe because she plays a high-schooler on TV it always seems she tries waaay too hard in real life to be “grown-up” and sexy with the makeup, clothes and posing. I find it irksome.

  14. Hautie says:

    Golden rule: You only have one chance to make a first impression.

    Why act like a jackass at a huge public event where there are so many witnesses to your jack-assery? Then come out a couple days later with some lame half-ass apology? It does not erase your bad behavior.

    I have seen this girl Lea Michelle do numerous interviews here in the last couple months. I bet money she was that annoying as a child too.

  15. Vi says:

    meh i think she probably just thought she was being funny

  16. EB says:

    She’s not all that. Many people do NOT know who this chic is, and many people will never know. I don’t see a long fame life for her. And that’s ok as long as that’s not what she’s looking for.

    Related: she has TERRIBLE fashion sense. Both outfits are horrible. Get a stylist.

  17. Rachel says:

    @ Lori, why should she “fix” her nose? I think she should be commended for being one of the only people in Hollywood not to get a nose job. There’s nothing wrong with her nose!

  18. Praise St. Angie! says:

    I echo javagirl1’s sentiment…WHO?

    yeah, I’ve heard of Glee (who hasn’t?) but the only one I know on that show is Jane Lynch. and she has the credits to pull the “don’t you know who I am?” bit, though I SERIOUSLY doubt she ever would.

    this girl? not even close.

    and I’m sure she THOUGHT she was being funny, but how many times have you encountered someone who THOUGHT what they were saying was incredibly funny but it really wasn’t?

    and please tell me, WHY is she one of the “most influential”? that list is a JOKE, it seems.

  19. flutters says:

    I think she probably thought she was making a harmless joke. Not the smartest thing to do. But I think the photog is acting pretty entitled too.

    That having been said who didn’t see the Glee backlash coming? They’ve gotten very big very fast and I think the frenzy’s very likely to have screwed with the heads of the cast. Unfortunately for them there are plenty of people just waiting to take them down a peg or three. Live and learn.

  20. yadira says:

    Never heard of this girl but I first thought she was Penelope Cruz from one of those shots. NEVER act like a DIVA until you have earned your title

  21. nycmom10024 says:

    Ahh she is talented, beautiful, young and getting a lot of attention right now.

    McMullen is used to the rich and influential, she is obviously not even a blip on his radar.

    Hopefully she has learned her lesson. Loved her as the sad moppet is Les Miz when she was a little girl

  22. Nanea says:

    Patrick McMullen is not just some paparazzo or an agency photographer. He’s someone who has taken pics of all the big names, who has shot campaigns for Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, among others.

    So yeah, way to go, Ms Michele! Very professional behavior.

  23. jessica says:

    I dont see any beauty there at all.. yuck

  24. Amy says:

    She is one of the main singers on Glee and she was on Broadway in Spring Awakening. This girl is pretty famous in the theater world.

  25. Mentok the Mind Taker says:

    According to an interview I read with McMullen last eve, he claims he never said, “F–k you”, but said, “Forget it”.

    He claims he owes her a “F–k you” now.

    Maybe I’m overly cynical, but this apology isn’t sincere. It’s damage control.

    She may be talented, but she’s still a _____.

  26. blah says:

    She obviously wasn’t trying to be offensive, she was trying to be cute and sassy, thus making her memorable in the sea of over-polite smiles. I think the photog was a douche in this case, for shutting down her attempt at a joke. Anyone whose had that happen in a job interview or meeting your gf/bf’s parents knows thats harsh.

  27. Jeri says:

    She really is talented, hope she isn’t going to continue the “diva” attitude.

    I don’t think she should fix her nose, a lot of beautiful unique women have fixed what they consider “flaws” and now just blend into the crowd of straigtened little noses & uniform features, erasing what set them apart & made them beautiful.

  28. JustBored says:

    Can’t stand her personality on Glee and this seems like she have a similar peronslity in real life. Talented but still a bitch! I can picture her saying “Don’t you know who I am” LOL. Too funny.. that must have been a hell of a reality check. Apology seems like merely damage control. Too soon dear, too soon.

  29. L says:

    God, those are awful pictures of Lea Michele. She’s so cute! Odd nose and all. She was nominated for a tony at a pretty young age, and was in the revival of Fiddler a few years back, plus Spring Awakening, and now Glee.

    And Rachel’s personality isn’t hers, cause she’s acting you know. 😀

    • Lexi B. says:

      She was never nominated for a tony; in fact, she was the only one of the three leads who was not nominated. No one cared about Lea in SA, all the rave was about John Gallagher Jr. (he’s the one who won the Tony)

  30. Juice in LA says:

    Time Magazine named this girl, Ashton Kutcher and Sarah Palin their most influential list??? What parallel universe have I slipped into??? Next you’ll be telling me that Britney is wearing bras…

    Is it me or is the world particularly hard to understand today?

  31. Chris J says:

    She looks like Kim Zolciak in that last picture, but with brown hair. Who is she again?

  32. jane says:

    Glad she apologized. Even though she’s been on Broadway for years (& I think won a Tony), she’s still very young and immature and the whole Glee thing taking off the way it did probably went to her cute head. She is an amazing singer. I love her voice. I don’t think anyone on American Idol comes close to the talent on Glee.

  33. jane says:

    btw, someone upthread mentioned she should get a nose job! Singers never alter their nose–it could change their voice!

  34. Boss says:

    Nice paunch in the 2nd picture.

  35. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “Singers never alter their nose–it could change their voice!”

    Jane, while I agree with you in principle, this is not always the case.

    best example is Michael Jackson. he’s just one of many singers who HAVE gotten nose jobs, but luckily didn’t lose their voice talent.

  36. Iggles says:

    @ jane:
    “btw, someone upthread mentioned she should get a nose job! Singers never alter their nose–it could change their voice!”

    Never say never. The king of pop altered his nose many times.

    Anyway, she doesn’t need any work! There’s nothing wrong with her nose!

    This obsession with the “perfect” Hollywood face and body is ridiculous. I hope she stays the same.

  37. Kim says:

    What grown man says F u to a young girl or to anyone for that matter? how vile! What a jerk!

    • Lea is awesome says:

      I agree! that is so rude! Lea was just trying to be friendly. She shouldn’t have to apologize for being herself. That mean photographer should for being rude.

  38. Kim says:

    Why should she get a nose job to look like every other bad nose job out there? Original, unique noses are beautiful. I personally hate the Brad Pitt little nose on girls and guys – looks like Barbies nose.

  39. M says:

    Honestly we don’t know what went down there for sure. She could have answered Sarah Palin and Taylor Swift, in a very joking tone and perhaps the photog just wasn’t in the mood. Or maybe she was acting like a diva because she doesn’t know how to deal with this sudden fame. We don’t know.

    Although I have to say, the photog should know who’s attending the party. She was on the 100 most influential list. Would it have hurt him to look through it before the event.

  40. Liana M. says:

    “This girl is pretty famous in the theater world.”

    Not really. She’s known, but not “pretty famous.” Pretty famous is Charlotte D’Ambroise and Terrence Mann. She’s just another talented Broadway kid.

    And Patrick said “forget it,” not “f- you.” Don’t play dumb games with an event photog – he has to get the shot, get the name matched with the shot, and when you’re shooting hundreds of people over the course of the night, there’s no guarantee that some photog assistant is going to know who the hell you are without the confirmed name matched to the shot numbers.

  41. xs says:

    She’s the most unattractive girl on Glee. I can’t make myself watch it for fear that I might have to look at her. She’s full of herself for no reason. Yuck.

  42. archiepelago says:

    Girl needs to learn how to pose. She looks like a sack of potatoes because her posture is awful. Some Spanx under the dress wouldn’t hurt either. She’s pretty but that up-do is harsh and makes her manly. She is lovely in picture 1 and 4.

    It read it as a joke. Sounds like she was being silly and sassy, perhaps because she was nervous?

    Other than that I have no idea who she is but for a moment I thought it was Jennifer Garner in picture #4 with dark hair and makeup.

  43. I should be working says:

    Geez, why are y’all hating on this girl like that? I didn’t know her name, but I know she’s the girl from Glee… and I DON’T OWN A TELEVISION! “She’s not THAT famous”?? Really? Apparently she is, she’s on the 100 most influential list, so, STFU. REALLY!

    @blah- Agreed!
    @Juice in LA- ha! You must not have seen Kaiser’s post on Brit today. LOL! *insert Twilight zone music here*

  44. Sunnyjyl says:

    Love her, love Glee.

  45. anotherrandom says:

    She’s totally already had a nose job. I’ve seen older pictures of her and it was bigger. She got a good nose job; she didn’t butcher her nose, just got it downsized a bit.

  46. CB Rawks says:

    She wasn’t joking, she was being a c.
    I hate when people pull that “Ohhh I was just kidding!” thing after being an ahole. Gutless. Your snideness got you called out, so own up and apologise for being a b*tch!

  47. CB Rawks says:

    A singer shouldn’t risk a nose job, because it can change the way they sound.

  48. Mary Jones says:

    Ugly Ugly Ugly. She looks like an ugly Kardashian.

  49. Shay says:

    Many celebs seem nice but when you meet them they’re total ass-hats.

  50. Rachel says:

    M, I agree! If you’re going to be photographing the event to celebrate the people named to the list, maybe you should be able to recognize them? Just a suggestion.

  51. Mel says:

    She has a long history on Broadway (since 1995) and is considered to be a great stage performer. She probably deserves some kudos for her work.

  52. Kennedy says:

    @Lori there is nothing wrong with lea’s nose it’s a Jewish nose so many celebrities have them so you can shut up.
    Anyways she was a broadway star and it’s alot different than tv stars. So she was probably getting used to the new kind of famous she is. She is an amazing singer and actress and I don’t blame any famous people for having little “diva” moments in their lives. Besides it was just a little joke Lea probably didn’t me to piss him off

  53. sara says:

    Well…she has been on Broadway since she was 8 years old so she has been famous for awhile. Maybe just not in your field.

    I thought it was funny. I think that the photographer was more rude that she was. But it’s just me.

    Also why would anyone tell her to fix parts of her body in a world where people overdo plastic surgery, 10 year olds throw up their dinner and get bigger breasts at 15? She is herself and we should be happy that kids today can have her as a rolemodel instead of LiLo and Brit.

  54. Katie says:

    I don’t know what to believe anymmore. I know we can’t always believe what we read on the internet but I’ve seen more negative stuff about Lea than positive. I’d like to be able to give her the benefit of the doubt cause I don’t actually know her and have never met her. But it’s hard to respect someone when you hear so much negative stuff about them. I agree with Hautie that you have one chance to make a first impression. I mean, if she really didn’t think anyone would know who she was, then why didn’t she just tell them? Why’d she have to mess with that photographer guy? Sounds to me like she thought the guy should have known who she was.

  55. Zoe says:

    She /totally/ does. Pageant girl who is adorable and happy and smiling and vaguely annoying and high-pitched in her interviews, and with her friends, but get her into a setting where she isn’t the number one hot commodity and she starts bitching.

  56. Kela says:


  57. Lyn says:

    I don’t know. From being a die hard Glee fan I’ve always thought Lea(as Rachel) came across very sweet,tries-too-hard,immature(at times),and annoying.
    I’ve always liked Lea.And judging from this(where the photographer gave her the F word)I don’t think it’s her fault at all.
    I mean.If I were in her shoes,I would do the same.How can you get invited to a gala being the “100 most influential people” but have the photographer ask who you are and then flip you out with the F word when you try to be funny?

  58. Manda says:

    celebrities are humans too! I mean everybody makes mistakes. Lea is no exception.

  59. Shoshana says:

    Oh, come on! Mediocre ‘talent’, bitchy and very unattractive, this chick made a deal with the devil, snap out of it, dweeb!

  60. tina says:

    i guess she is really TALENTED, cuz dang, she is BUTT UGLY, sort of manly-looking

  61. dan says:

    she’s fugly

  62. Aly says:

    Yes she’s talented. That doesn’t mean she gets to be a jerk. Unfortunately, in this industry, people get away with acting like spoiled children all the time, as long as they’re making money for someone, somewhere.

  63. I love Lea Michelle because she’s beautiful, talented ( and half of you idiots have never heard her sing, so lay off!!) and she seems really funny and cool to be around ( YouTube is very handy). I hate how all of you are satin how shes a bitch just because of ONE FREAKING INTERVIEW!!! WTF you guys are idiots!!! I don’t think she ment to sound stuck up, but even if she did, she has the talent to back it up!!! Get over your petty little jugdemental attitudes about how she looks!!! I’ll bet she’s more attractive then ANY of the people posting on this!!! Just shut your trap if you are complaining about how she looks, or if she’s talented, or if she was being a bitch. Because after reading the comments on here, it seems like all of y’all are even bigger ones.

  64. Hebby says:

    I saw Glee for the first time the other night. I obviously hadn’t been missing much. I could see it being popular with teenagers or something though. But this “girl” appeared in a scene and my first thought (based on appearance alone) was “wow they just let anybody on tv now huh” For an actress on TV she’s pretty ugly looking. I mean we “regular folk” can see ugly people walking down the street but when you watch tv most people want to not have to turn away from the screen because it makes us uncomfortable to look at someone. We expect a standard. And we as viewers don’t care if someone knows someone in the industry or not we don’t want to see your ugly daughter or son on our tvs simply because your a producer or something. When will they understand that? Anyway I saw some magazine cover and realized how manly she looked and thought, is she really a guy, like a tranny or something?! I mean apparently the creator is gay and there is quite a few charaters who are so maybe he wanted to show more variety and have a tranny on the show. Then there’s an excuse for the looks. So maybe they will come clean about that sometime. And I didn’t even think “she” was a big player on the show as I was watching it since the only scene pretty much was her annoyingly acting desperate to get her boyfriend back and that’s about it. So I can’t imagine too many people knowing who she is. However I will say if she really was being honored at that event (although I don’t get that either) why wouldn’t the photographer for that event know who she was? If anyone, shouldn’t he?

    And FYI to the person who said she was famous in the “theatre” world. That doesn’t mean your famous anywhere else or even anyone knows you, maybe just theatre buffs

  65. k says:

    she looks nice with short hair but with long hair she looks real ugly

  66. Anonymous says:

    Hi Lori, fix your everything please, you’re butt ugly. 😀

    Can I judge any of you from here? When I don’t know you in real life?

    Same applies to YOU. Can you judge who Lea from this interview, when you don’t know her in real life?

    I’m not saying I know who she is; none of us do. So shut the f*** up and get a life kids.

  67. Crystal says:

    She’s not THAT famous”?? Really? Apparently she is, she’s on the 100 most influential list, so, STFU. REALLY!
    Being on Time’s most influential list doesn’t mean she’s famous. They do put people on that list who are not household names or even very influential and who are defintely no where close to being one of the most influential people in the world (Lea, Chris Colfer and Blake Lively to name a few).

    Lea Michele is not that famous. It’s highly unlikely that many people who don’t watch Glee or attend Broadway plays knows who she is since the woman is not a household name.

    As for people STFU, no one has to that. People have as much right to express their opinions as you do. If you don’t like what people post you have the option to hit the back button.

  68. Spongebob says:

    She’s not THAT famous”?? Really? Apparently she is, she’s on the 100 most influential list, so, STFU. REALLY!
    Being on Time’s most influential list doesn’t mean she’s famous. They do put people on that list who are not household names or even very influential and who are defintely no where close to being one of the most influential people in the world (Lea, Chris Colfer and Blake Lively to name a few).

    Lea Michele is not that famous. It’s highly unlikely that many people who don’t watch Glee or attend Broadway plays knows who she is since the woman is not a household name.

    As for people STFU, no one has to that. People have as much right to express their opinions as you do. If you don’t like what people post you have the option to hit the back button.
    We’re making our opinions. So are you. STFU.

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