While Lea Michele is currently receiving rave reviews for her turn on Funny Girl, don’t expect her former co-star Chris Colfer to be among those flocking to the show.
The actor, who starred opposite Lea in Glee from 2009 to 2015, threw some serious shade at Lea when asked if he would be checking out the musical while in New York City.
Chris joked his day suddenly ‘got full’ after Michelle Collins suggested he check out Funny Girl, more than two years after Lea came under fire for alleged bullying behavior on the set of Glee.
‘I can be triggered at home’: Chris Colfer has no interest in seeing former Glee co-star Lea Michele in Funny Girl
‘By the way, Chrissy, guess what I’m doing tonight? Oh my God, you should come if you’re here,’ Michelle asked during an interview with Chris on her show, The Michelle Collins Show.
‘Oh no, are you seeing Funny Girl?’ Chris asked Michelle.
‘I am,’ Michelle replied.
‘Oh,’ Chris replied in a deflated tone before adding, ‘My day suddenly just got so full.’
Broadway sensation: Michele has been earning rave reviews for her role as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl
‘Wait, no! Wow! Chris!’ Michelle exclaimed. ‘I saw it with Beanie, so I feel it’s only right that I see it with Lea!’
‘I saw Six last night, and that was amazing,’ Chris said, referencing the Broadway show Six.
‘So, you’re not seeing [Funny Girl] is my guess, while you’re in town?’ Michelle asked.
‘No, I can be triggered at home,’ he replied.
It’s a hit: Colfer starred opposite Lea in Glee from 2009 to 2015; pictured with Michele and the late Naya Rivera
Lea has been receiving glowing reviews for her portrayal of comedienne Fanny Brice in Funny Girl ever since taking over the role following Beanie Feldstein’s departure over the summer.
Funny Girl is a musical with score by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill, and book by Isobel Lennart, that first opened on Broadway in 1964 and starred Barbra Streisand in the lead role.
Chris isn’t the only former cast member from Glee opting to not watch Lea on the show.
Last month, Kevin McHale admitted he wouldn’t be checking out the musical either.
Role of a lifetime: Lea, pictured performing on Good Morning America, is inhabiting the role made famous by Barbra Streisand
Speaking with E! News the actor, 34, admitted ‘I don’t have any plans [to see Funny Girl].’
He added that he hasn’t spoken to Michele, 36 – who succeeded Beanie Feldstein, 29, in the production earlier this month – in a long time.
However he acknowledged Lea’s talent and star power elsewhere in the interview as well.
‘She’s obviously extremely, extremely talented,’ he gushed in his sit-down with the news outlet.
Not going either: Lea’s former Glee co-star Kevin McHale, center, also does not plan on watching Funny Girl
‘I’m sure she’s f***ing phenomenal in it. Are you kidding me? She could do the role in her sleep,’ he praised.
Lea landed at the center of controversy in 2020 after former Glee actress Samantha Ware alleged the actress made her time on the show a ‘living hell.’
After Lea shared a post responding to the death of George Floyd, Samantha tweeted: ‘Remember when you made my first television gig a living hell?!?!… ‘Cause I’ll never forget… I believe you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would ‘s*** in my wig!’ amongst other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood.’
The tweet opened the floodgates and numerous other stars came forward with their own recollections of alleged bad behavior from Lea.