The team behind "Silicon Valley" is finally opening up about T.J. Miller's messy exit from the HBO show last May.
A new report calls the star "explosive" and that it became "almost a danger to having him around" — claims that come on the heels of sexual abuse allegations made against Miller at the end of last year.
The breakout star who played blowhard entrepreneur Erlich Bachman has been on the show since its inception but a handful of issues, including frequent tardiness, a tendency to fall asleep on set, and substance abuse issues, led to his departure, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Miller has been problematic for a while. He has previously referenced his alcohol and drug use publicly, according to Mashable, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that he eventually began to show up at work under the influence.
"There are a lot of different ways you can find out somebody doesn't want to do the show anymore," said "Silicon Valley" creator Mike Judge to The Hollywood Reporter. "And it's not fun to work with someone who doesn't want to be there, [especially when] they're one of the main people and you've got however many crewmembers and extras and people who are [not paid as well] and they're all showing up before 7 a.m., and then are just like, 'Oh, OK, we're not shooting today.'"
Most of those associated with the series have kept quiet about the actor's departure, which was a long time coming, but have made references to Miller's "demons." He himself has joked about his tendency to "drink till [he] passed out" and sources claim that there have been times when he would show up on set seemingly under the influence, if he showed up at all.
However, Miller defended himself by saying that he is "not always high like Erlich is" in real life.
"This will blow your readers' minds, but I'm not high when I work because it gets in the way of the comedy," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "I also am not a guy who's blackout-drunk, bumping into things on set. … What was occurring was I was out doing stand-up all the time, even if it meant I only got three hours of sleep. So, the thing I have a problem with? It's pushing myself to do too much."
At the time he was filming "Silicon Valley," he also had roles in "Deadpool," "Transformers: Age of Extinction," "Office Christmas Party," "The Gorburger Show," voiceover work, and his standup comedy, according to Page Six.
This isn't the first time that Miller has been in the news in recent months. Last December, he was accused of physical and sexual assault, according to The Daily Beast. The alleged victim said that the hit and sexually assaulted her while at George Washington University.
"He just tried a lot of things without asking me, and at no point asked me if I was all right," the anonymous woman told The Daily Beast. "He choke[d] me, and I kept staring at his face hoping he would see that I was afraid and [that he] would stop… I couldn’t say anything."
Although the incident took place years ago, the alleged victim came forward during the height of the #MeToo movement in part because of the societal awakenings to the sexual assault and harassment that has rocked the entertainment industry for years. The Daily Beast corroborated details of her story but Miller denies all accusations.
"[Woman] began again to circulate rumors online once [my and Kate’s] relationship became public," he said in a statement. "Sadly she is now using the current climate to bandwagon and launch these false accusations again. It is unfortunate that she is choosing this route as it undermines the important movement to make women feel safe coming forward about legitimate claims against real known predators."
Despite this denial, Comedy Central dropped Miller's The Gorburger Show after one season since the allegations have come to light but a spokesman told Variety that the two incidents are unrelated.
Silicon Valley season 5, without Miller, premieres on March 25 on HBO.
[Photo: T..J. Miller/Instagram]
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