Director Who Dissed Lukas Gage's Apartment Comes Clean and Formally Apologizes

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 24, 2020

The Riverdale actor had shared a recording of his Zoom audition where his apartment's "tiny" size became subject of the director's jibe who didn't realize he was unmuted.

Even if the words themselves weren't bad (debatable), it was DEFINITELY rude to be focusing on Gage's apartment instead of his audition.

An unseen Shapeero can then be heard saying: "These poor people live in these tiny apartments".

But Shapeero doesn't get any further before Gage interjects: "I know it's a [rubbish] apartment that's why [you should] give me this job so I can get a better one". "Like I'm looking at his, you know, background and he's got his TV". "I am absolutely mortified". "Listen, I'm living in a four-by-four box, just give me the job and we'll be fine". "You have to look up the definition", Shapeero, who apologized in the now-viral video of the audition, told the videographer, according to footage published on TMZ.

But after posting it on Twitter on Saturday, the video went viral - it was viewed more than 9 million times and has now received almost 300,000 likes and more than 30,000 retweets.

This Zoom audition took place in August, after four months of lockdown.

After the original video was shared, Gage received support from prominent figures in USA entertainment such as Seth MacFarlane, Judd Apatow, and Billy Eichner.

Well, someone's detective work paid off because the culprit has finally been revealed: Tristram Shapeero, a British TV director who has worked on shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Never Have I Ever.

What has the director said now?

"First and foremost I offer Mr Gage a honest and unvarnished apology for my offensive words, my unprofessional behaviour during the audition and for not giving him the focus and attention he deserved", he wrote. He did not want to address the matter directly with the outlet but did say the meaning of what he said and the word "poor" were taken out of context.

"I was using the word "poor" in the sense of deserving sympathy, as opposed to any economic judgment", Shapeero wrote.

You can read the full letter, as released by Deadline, below.

"As I say on the video, I'm mortified about what happened.", Shapeero continued.

He closed out his apology by stating he intends to move forward as a more empathetic person and better partner to the actors.

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