Glee’s Chris Colfer throws cutting shade at Lea Michele: ‘I can be triggered at home’

Collage of Chris Colfer and Lea MIchele in their Glee roles and today

Chris Colfer has thrown some not-so-subtle shade at former Glee co-star Lea Michele and her appearance in Broadway’s Funny Girl.

Colfer played Kurt Hummel – the on-again-off-again friend and classmate of Rachel Berry (Michele) – on the TV musical series Glee, which began in 2009.

Michele isn’t exactly beloved by everyone on the show – she was later accused of “microaggressions” and on-set bullying by Glee alumni.

Colfer has remained relatively silent about the allegations, but said just enough while discussing Michele’s current Broadway turn in Funny Girl.

In an interview on SiriusXM, host Michelle Collins said she was going to see Funny Girl, and that Colfer should join her. 

“My day suddenly just got so full,” he said replied.

Collins laughed and spoke about how she’d seen the production with Beanie Feldstein in the lead role of Fanny Brice, which Michele took over in September.

Colfer digressed: “I saw Six last night, and that was amazing.”

“So, you’re not seeing [Funny Girl] is my guess, while you’re in town?” Collins pushed on, to which Colfer replied, “No, I can be triggered at home.”


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It comes two years after Glee actor Samantha Ware accused Lea Michele of creating a toxic work environment on the set of the popular series, with a number of cast mates backing her at the time. 

Ware claimed Michele made her life a “living hell” due to “traumatic microaggressions”, and said it caused her to “question a career in Hollywood”. 

Michele denied the specific allegations against her in June 2020, but she did apologise for her “behaviour and for any pain which [she had] caused”.

She said the messages made her “focus” on how her “behaviour towards fellow cast members was perceived by them”. 

Lea Michele briefly addressed the controversy in a New York Times profile ahead of her Funny Girl debut. She described how she has an intense work ethic and style, which she said ‘blinded’ her to some faults. 

“I have an edge to me. I work really hard. I leave no room for mistakes,” she said. “That level of perfectionism, or that pressure of perfectionism, left me with a lot of blind spots.”

Michele claimed this was the result of her days as a child actor on Broadway where she said the high expectations to perform at a professional level often put her in a “semi-robotic state”.