‘Glee’ actress Samantha Marie Ware: Lea Michele threatened to poop in my wig

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I was never into Glee, because I don’t like to hear endless sh-tty covers of songs I love. But sometimes I regret not watching that show, because it really sounds like there was SO MUCH drama happening behind the scenes. One thing is for damn sure: everyone who worked on Glee absolutely loathed Lea Michele. So… Samantha Marie Ware was a guest star on Glee in the sixth season, in 2015. Glee was Samantha’s first TV role. Samantha has been waiting a little while to speak on some Lea Michele sh-t (literally), and she chose her moment well. Lea tweeted about Black Lives Mattering and Samantha activated her caps lock and posted this:

Well…wow. I believe Samantha, mostly because I have no reason not to, and because Lea has a history of being the absolute worst. All of her Glee costars hated her too. This must have been her usual thing – threatening fellow actors with wig sh-tting. Also, threatening to sh-t in someone’s wig isn’t a microaggression, it’s just AGGRESSION. A microaggression would be Lea telling Samantha “I’m so glad that I have the kind of hair where I don’t have to wear a wig that someone sh-t in.” Just FYI.

Oh, and Glee peeps were in Samantha’s comments, agreeing with her:

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  1. Noki says:

    Why do broadway and theatre actors has such snobby reputaions?

    • CROWHOOD says:

      She always wanted to be on Broadway and today she got curb stomped by Broadway.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Lea was on Broadway. She was in the original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening, which won the Tony for Best Musical.

        I think her success on Broadway is part of what lead her to be such a horrible person in TV. She thought it made her better than the people she was working with.

    • YAS says:

      Correction: some Broadway and theatre actresses have snobby reputations. Others are respectful and professional because they realize that making art is a collaborative and team-based endeavor.

  2. Seraphina says:

    I’m at a loss for words that a grown female would behave this way. Yet, seeing the world in past three months, nothing surprises me. Another mean girl. A mean, white, privileged female. The world has had enough.
    I hope Kate doesn’t read that headline, she will be upset she didn’t think of that accusation against her SIl.

    • IMUCU says:

      I’m dealing with a couple cliquey mean girls at my new job. It’s so exhausting sometimes to see how differently I am spoken to or treated, especially by one of them. And it was from the beginning, I wasn’t even given a chance. I even tried talking to her about it, but there is still quite a bit of microaggression going on. This is why I wish nursing schools would focus a lot more on teaching about incivility, we had only a small unit on it. Of course, at work, there isn’t much I can do bc she is well liked in the office and I’m the newbie. At least I only have to see her a couple of times a week, but it’s still a bit stressful/hurtful and pushes my “schoolage rejection buttons” that I thought had been deactivated awhile ago.

      • Christina says:

        IMUCU, sending you support. Sorry that this is happening to you. People say that stuff doesn’t matter. It matters.

        Get your experience and change jobs if you can. The only other option is to stick it out and have everyone admire that you show up and do a good job. Don’t stoop to their level. Think of them as children or sick people you have to tolerate because they don’t know better. Your strength and kindness to the others in the office will turn it around, and others will ask, “why you you guys so mean to her? “. I’d still try to find other work, but it may be a symptom of the work you do because of the stress.

      • BeesMess says:

        I am so sorry you’re going through this. Especially being a newer nurse, it may sometimes flavor how you feel about the field. I had dealt with this for two years on inpatient PT care when I went to a new facility, to the point of walking on egg shells and having panic attacks. It wasn’t until I finally confronted our supervisor and just let everything out and gave 72 hours notice that I was finally listened too. I’ve never been so happy to be moved. I still get a little angry and sad when I see they’re still on staff and causing trouble with others but I’m so glad they have direct oversight for behavior mitigation now. Please keep your head up in these trying times and stay blessed.

  3. milliemollie says:

    What wedding pic is she gonna post in response to it?

    I’ve heard that she had a certain reputation but that she’s such a horrible person. Wow!

    • Mia says:

      She’s all about the pregnancy pics these days. Probably going to let the saintliness of motherhood wash over all of this.

  4. Michael says:

    I have heard so many unpleasant stories about Lea Michelle. It is a wonder she still has a career at all. I do remember when she made Hailey Steinfeld cry because she thought she was a “nobody.” When Hailey got nominated for an Oscar that same year Michelle had to do damage control.

    • milliemollie says:

      Wasn’t steinfeld really young when she was nominated? So lea made a child cry? Yikes!

      • Mia4s says:

        She was thirteen when nominated. So let’s say twelve when that incident happened? And the best part was that at some event during the Oscar run Lea’s people arranged a photo op after that story came out. So she knew the story came out and it BUGGED her. 😏

        And that’s far from the only story. I heard one that I’ll be vague on because I can’t verify, of her brushing off meeting a Make a Wish kid on the red carpet even though other celebs were. She’s nasty, that’s no rumour.

    • Tanguerita says:

      she only has a career because Ryan Murphy took a shine to her and has been protecting this piece of trash ever since. Without him she wouldn’t have anything.

      • Prayer Warrior says:

        She does have a powerful and amazing singing voice, which isn’t ‘nothing’. I’m disappointed by these stories. Like Ryan Murphy, I kind of took a shine to her on Glee (which I initially enjoyed)……

      • Aephra says:

        Her and Emma Roberts both. What does he see in them? Horrible people with no acting skills.

      • Marianne says:

        I wouldnt say he’s been protecting her. They only did Scream Queens together after Glee ended. Its not like he’s worked with her since.

    • Kosmos says:

      I have often heard negatives on Lea Michelle. After so many, you do believe they are true. She’s got a great voice, but unfortunately, she’s not a nice person. I like supporting women in film or the entertainment industry that I respect–those that are authentic, who are not snobby or full of themselves. For the rest of them, like Lea Michelle, I do not support them or watch their performances or contribute to their fan base at all….period. To me, it’s really important to be a good person in this world for many reasons. If you can’t do that, then go back to the drawing board. You need to do better.

  5. Justme says:

    The one thing I remember about the Glee hype is how absolutely insufferable Lea was. Everyone talked about her diva antics and terrible behavior and then… I guess Corey died and people started going easy on her.

    I love that everyone came out to support Samantha.

    Bye, Lea!

    • Jen says:

      Yvette Nicole Brown also worked with her on 2017’s the Mayor, not Glee, so clearly this wasn’t a one-off and everything we heard from that set was correct!

      • Gutterflower says:

        Side note, Shirley was my favourite Community character. Loved Yvette in that show.

      • Nic919 says:

        Side side note, Ken Jeong and Joel McHale are doing a podcast called the Darkest Timeline and it’s a mix of news about covid, current events and community peeps visiting.

        It’s worth adding to the list.

      • Bitch IDC says:

        Yeahhhhh, I remember the mayor. Why was it cancelled?
        I love YNB so much.

  6. OriginalLala says:

    So many people commenting publicly in support of BLM when they act like racist a-holes in private. It’s not just celebrities, I see it with my FB friends as well.. I’m glad people called her out on this issue, she sounds like a nasty piece of work.

    • Ruby_Woo says:

      And brands!

      In the UK, after Meghan Markle left, numerous television shows did segment on ‘is the UK racist’ with an all white panel and one token black person, literally screaming at the token black that the UK was definitely not racist and to say it is, is racist in itself.

      Now they are literally doing the same exact segments and acknowledging in shock that there is racism in the UK like this is some kind of new concept.

      Piers Morgan was doing it this morning!

      The hypocrisy is mind boggling!

    • ME says:

      Yes because it’s the trendy thing to do right now. They pretend to care. People will move on and forget. Some are not sincere in their “outrage”. Did you see what Lebron James tweeted? There is video and images of two White female instagram “influencers” who went out the morning after the riots in LA. They staged photo ops for the “gram” and then left. One is seen asking for a drill from someone that is actually there trying to clean up the mess. She took the drill and pretended to use it for a second while someone took a pic of her. Then she hopped in her car and left. Pathetic !

      • nb says:

        I saw some white girls on my feed doing the same. They had a series of photos dressed in all black posing with signs separately, then together, and finally a picture of them without masks on smiling broadly while holding white claws! Talking about ‘going out to protest with my bestie’. How f**king tone deaf can you be?

        Black people have been systematically oppressed and murdered and here you are acting like you’re ‘helping’ by holding a sign for a few minutes and posing for pictures. Being part of the protests means being there for the RIGHT REASONS – not to show off how cute you look in your tight outfit with your hair and makeup done up perfectly, drinking white claws like you’re at a block party. SMH.

      • Soupie says:

        OMG NB,
        these are the kinds of people that give Southern California and Los Angeles a bad name. There are so many good people here who care and are activist. In the neighboring town from where I’m staying right now there was a wonderful peaceful protest including a lot of junior high and high school kids.

        Nothing happened until some idiot drove in from Rancho Cucamonga and brandished an AR-15. He did get arrested. He tried to claim that he lived across the street and was protecting his property, but he is actually from Rancho.

        What’s frustrating is that man doesn’t give Southern California as much of a bad name as this idea that we’re all somehow liberal here. Every. single. person. I meet here is conservative. it’s uncanny. I myself am a liberal progressive and have always been. For some reason every single person I meet is a conservative and a hater in a lot of instances.

        So these people that try to say that California is liberal, they’re full of it. They’re bitter because they don’t get their way all the time. And they’re free to leave but we all know they won’t.

        The local Nextdoor is a hotbed of back-and-forth right now. I am ashamed of how many racist a holes are on there spouting that animals are more important than black people and that All protesters are looters. These people literally have no reasoning skills. I don’t understand how these a-holes have nice houses in a beautiful area except that they are robots with no feeling for anyone who doesn’t look or act like them. That’s how they get through life and keep their jobs – by being complicit with the systemic racism that is embedded in our culture for far too long.

        Oh and yesterday the Claremont police walked along with the protesters in solidarity. It was beautiful to see. If I could post a photo
        I would.

  7. Ali says:

    I am black and I wear wigs.

    One of my Asian coworkers saw I was wearing a wig and asked me if that was my hair.

    I said yes and she got a confused look on her face.

    Then she started to act weird around me.

    Then when we worked on a project together she bad mouthed me behind my back.

    #IBELIEVEHER

    • Léna says:

      People are so strange. It’s hair. What is going on in these people’s mind??

      • Ali says:

        I had another white coworker and she was just ignorant but at least she spoke to me about it.

        The asian coworker was just plain weird really naive and I was always nice to her. So weird.

    • kif says:

      Hi @Ali this is in no way to defend your Asian co-worker’s ignorance, but is she a new immigrant? She got confused when you said “yes” because for other cultures a wig is not your own hair. When you say “my/ own hair” it refers to hair that is rooted on your scalp. She saw your answer as being dishonest, like a denial you are wearing “fake” hair. That is why she started acting weird around you. From her perspective, you are the one wearing a wig and saying its your own hair. She’s probably told people you lie and is untrustworthy.

      • Newsgirl628 says:

        Or how about it was none of her coworker’s business? She paid for it, therefore it’s HER HAIR!!!

      • Cheryl says:

        Haha Kif “I’m not defending your coworkers ignorance, but I’m gonna defend your coworkers ignorance by implying that you’re an untrustworthy lying liar and the coworker was justified in questioning your character” LOL It’s a frickin WIG, and if Ali has been wearing them long enough, it’s okay to claim it as a part of their identity. None of that gave the coworker the right to badmouth her about it. This is not something that a reasonable and sane person would question someone else’s character and integrity over, and the badmouth them to others, to boot. The coworkers strange deep-seated issues around this isn’t the fault of Ali’s.

      • Peri says:

        Kif — seriously? “This is in no way to defend your Asian co-worker’s ignorance…” And then you go on to contextualize and make assumptions of what you think is going on inside the head of a person mentioned in a story and how in their world, Ali comes of as a liar and untrustworthy.

        What is the point of that comment aside from defending the ignorance? I’m sure Ali has replayed that moment in her head many times and can make her own assumptions about what her coworker, whom she actually knows, may have been thinking. We are literally on a post about microagressions and racism toward Black women and you are on here trying to defend things that don’t need to be defended. Plus — even if you are right, how is someone wearing a wig and calling it “their hair,” which it is since they paid for it and it’s on their head, reason to start acting weird around them in a professional work environment? LOL

    • Joanna says:

      @Ali, I am so sorry that happened to you. I don’t understand why some people make a big deal about wigs. You’re just changing up your hairstyle. *hugs*

  8. MellyMel says:

    She has a horrible rep within the Glee world and theater community, so this is not surprising. I was living for the tweets about her last night. If y’all want a good laugh and some tea just click on the #LeaMichele. I loved Glee, but like half the cast is/was a hot a mess!

  9. Marjorie says:

    I didn’t know who this lovely woman is, but I clicked on her twitter from this article and it’s just epic! Will pay attention now.

  10. Erinn says:

    I love Yvette Nicole Brown. She’s fantastic.

    And holy f-cking shit, what is wrong with people. Seriously. What the f-ck is wrong with people. I can’t even IMAGINE ever saying something even 1/10th that horrific, even during my brattier teenage years, because even as a minor I had enough empathy and a brain in my head to know how horrible that kind of behavior is. I will never understand the kind of mean girl (and racist) mentality needed to be just so awful.

    • Esmom says:

      Seriously. It makes me sad that so many people had to put up with that kind of harassment in the workplace. JFC.

  11. Rae says:

    I’m loving the clap back.

    On a serious note, how the hell was she/is she still working in the business?

    • Mia4s says:

      “ How the hell was she/is she still working in the business?”

      “Was”? No one knew yet. And she had genuine talent.

      “Is”? Ryan Murphy. Ryan Murphy….and Ryan Murphy. Which to be honest doesn’t so much to recommend Ryan Murphy. 😒

      • Elizabeth says:

        Yeah. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, Gwyneth’s husband, clearly either totally inept at HR and leadership, or racists themselves. Like is Ryan Murphy fine with Lea Michele making these asshole comments, because it sure seems like it. Where is he now? What kind of hostile / racist working environment are Black people being subjected to on his shows?

    • Lexilla says:

      Because “the business” rewards a-holes, especially white a-holes.

    • josephine says:

      I don’t think she has had the career that she thought she would, so there is that. But I agree, she should not be hired – no one should allow her coworkers to have to put up with her.

  12. Lucy2 says:

    Wow. I wish I could say I was surprised, but she’s had a horrible reputation for some time now.

  13. Steph says:

    There were always rumors about her in the Glee days. Remember that conspiracy theory popped up saying she didn’t know how to read? People on Twitter were asking, “But does she know what these tweets say?”

    • lucy2 says:

      I remember the rumors started pretty early. I dismissed them at first as the tabloids trying to take down someone who had a hit show, but then pretty quickly realized nope, she’s terrible.

      I’m glad people who worked with her are speaking up. That sort of behavior is inexcusable. (And I’m also glad Samantha’s career has taken off by comparison).

      Man, for a show that was supposed to be a fun thing about a glee club, there was some serious and terrible drama behind the scenes.

      • Steph says:

        @Lucy2 I wonder if those rumors is what derailed her career. Back in the Glee days she was labeled like a “mega-talent” and everyone thought she would blow up. But she really hasn’t been in much. And you’re right… for a show that was supposed to be about fun and positivity… it sure spawned some questionable characters off screen.

      • lucy2 says:

        I think so. Word gets around, and no one is going to want to hire someone who is that difficult and makes everyone else on set miserable. Especially a woman (too many stories of “difficult” men still getting hired no problem).

  14. LoonaticCap says:

    Just to add that Melissa Benoist (supergirl) is liking all the tweets, and Amber Riley posted some delicious shady gifs as well 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    I’ll admit that I am a fan of glee for many reasons, but hey tell me a stuck up white person is racist, I’ll believe it.

    Bye Lea!

  15. SKF says:

    She was originally friends with Dianna Agron but then they seemed to fall out. She seems to be close with Becca Tobin and maybe Darren Criss? Weddings and such. She’s besties with her old broadway bestie Jonathan Groff. However, most of those people (including Cory Monteith) were OG cast members and white. It seems maybe she developed a massive ego and became awful to be around, especially for new cast members (except for Becca) and POC. Perhaps she is one of those people who is lovely to her chosen few but awful to everyone else?

    • Marianne says:

      She’s definitely still active friends with Becca. Her and Darren have done a tour together so they must be friendly enough. Chord, Naya, Dianna, Chris still follow her on Instagram…but I havent seen them talk or hang out with her. So I dont know if they just follow her for appearances, to keep up tabs or if they just followed her back in the Glee days and just never unfollowed.

  16. Enis says:

    Another black actor who worked on the show, Dabier, posted this :

    GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE “I DIDNT BELONG THERE” FUCK YOU LEA

  17. FHMom says:

    OMFG I don’t even know what to say. I hope it gives SMW some satisfaction to get this out there. It’s so vile I’m left speechless.

  18. Summergirl says:

    What a vile person. She should never be hired again.

  19. Daisyfly says:

    Considering that no one on Broadway will hire her, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

    (You gotta be a pretty f*cked up person if that happens.)

  20. Lucy says:

    Holy sh*t. I mean, not that it’s such a shock, but holy sh*t. The 2nd wave New kids were the best part of Season 6. I absolutely believe Samantha.

  21. Kath says:

    I always gave her a pass because of her friendship with Jonathan Groff (who I love!). But it’s clear that she must have a different attitude towards her chosen few and is awful to anyone else.
    I always had a soft spot for her because I think she truly is talented and didn’t understand why people loved to criticize her for trying to hard (i dont have a problem with ambitious women).
    But I can’t excuse her anymore. It’s clear now that she truly is awful

  22. Lwt00 says:

    I live in LA and work in the industry.

    Twice I have been sat next to Lea Michele at a restaurant. Both times her servers (young and most likely aspiring actors) told her how much they admired her work/talent. BOTH TIMES she gave them a withering look and asked “and are you excellent at what you do?” the servers were confused/embarrassed and she waved them off, then made her meal partner speak for her to them for the remainder of the meal.

    Servers in LA are pretty chill, they see celebs all the time. You’d think LM could have just said “thank you” and moved on. Instead she made those servers feel small and worthless.

    • Originaluna says:

      What a disgusting excuse of a human being… This is really horrifying and disgusting. I don’t understand people that are that mean and conceited.

    • MaryContrary says:

      What a total and complete c-u next Tuesday.

  23. Sof says:

    Here is the thing, when questioned about the problems between cast members of Glee, Ryan Murphy said that the men were worse than the women. If Lea was being outright racist and horrible, what did the others do to be worse than her??

    • Klinkk says:

      Well, I mean, one of them was arrested for pedophilia so…

      • Elizabeth says:

        Mark Salling was found to possess child pornography and committed suicide when exposed (incredibly tragic all around). Idk about any of the other men though.

      • Harper says:

        That’s what I was thinking. Mark Salling was into child pornography, and before that was discovered, he was accused of sexual battery on a former girlfriend. Knowing this, I’ll bet he could be a creep on set, too. Cory Monteith was in the throes of heroin addiction. Not equating the two or victim-blaming at all – addiction is a disease – but it’s no secret that addicts can be extremely unpleasant to be around when they are using. I can definitely see him perceiving that as worse, and dismissing the Lea Michele/Naya Rivera stuff as “cattiness” (as I’m guessing that was the drama he was asked about, specifically). This is the first I’m hearing about Lea Michele’s behaviour being racist, as opposed to just stuck-up. He would probably say something different if asked about this specifically.

      • MissM says:

        Harper, from what I’ve read, Cory was really loved by the whole cast. They were all completely devastated by his death so much so that they postponed the season of the show so that they could have time to mourn. He seemed like a sweetheart too. Apparently his heroin addiction only started a few months before his rehab stint the year he died. He struggled with addiction as a teen but got clean after he overdosed. Then in the year leading up to his passing he had dental work which he required pain killers for and that triggered his addiction again. He only died because he was clean for a while and didn’t have the tolerance for the dosage of heroin that he used. I don’t think he was really using for long but when the Glee cast staged an intervention, Cory accepted the help and went to treatment. Unfortunately he relapsed and it killed him.

    • kimberlu says:

      besides the pedo, there was the drug addict, the one with the sex house, and the one who beat his girlfriend up and busted her eye….there’s 4 of the guys…can anyone name them?

  24. pamspam says:

    I wish the main photo for the article were of Samantha and not Lea.

  25. Valiantly Varnished says:

    This is the chick who got mad that the role of Maria in West Side Story went to an actual Latina instead of her, because “she had learned Spanish”.

  26. Alexandria says:

    You’re a horrible person Lea and you should be ashamed.

  27. BRobertson says:

    I’ve been hearing word about her being the actual WORST for so long now. With the horror stories I’ve come across, I wasn’t expecting this but this doesn’t surprise me either. From what I’ve seen, it’s basically been an open secret how vile she was.

  28. shanaynay says:

    See always came off as a Cee u Next Tuesday! :)