Back in May while promoting the fifth season of Arrested Development, Jessica Walter (who plays Lucille) tearfully forgave Jeffrey Tambor for a temperamental outburst on the set of the series during a press conference with The New York Times. It was an uncomfortable moment, doubly charged by sexual misconduct allegations leveled at Tambor based on behavior on the set of Transparent, which got him fired from that show. Bateman’s response in that moment was not taken well on social media, and many accused Bateman of attempting to “mansplain” Tambor’s on-set behavior.
The attempt fell flat, and Bateman ultimately issued an apology, acknowledging it was a learning moment for him and that he should have listened instead of trying to fix a fight.
On the episode, Maron suggested that it sounded like Bateman was just trying to “make everything OK” in that moment, and Bateman agreed. “Yeah, that’s exactly what it was,” Bateman said. “Unfortunately, I overshot the mark.”
“One of the things that was the fallout from that is that it sounded like I was OK with and excusing people being disruptive on set or affecting other people’s work processes, and that could not be further from the truth. That’s part of me sort of thinking that if I just keep talking people are going to understand what I’m saying and everything is going to be alright. I just need to shut up and listen a lot more and stop trying to make everything OK … It just wasn’t my conversation to get into.”