- The unnamed director from Lukas Gage’s viral audition video has revealed himself as Tristram Shapeero.
- Shapeero issued an apology after initially saying he didn’t “say anything bad.”
Attention everyone who has been obsessively trying to figure out the identity of the director who insulted Lukas Gage’s apartment while accidentally unmuted on Zoom: he went ahead and revealed himself.
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The man in question is British director Tristram Shapeero, who has worked on everything from Community, to Parks and Recreation, to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. And his “apology” has been a real rollercoaster—mostly because he initially claimed he didn’t do anything wrong.
“I don’t have any apology because I didn’t say anything bad. You have to look up the definition,” Shapeero said in footage published yesterday by TMZ. “It was three months ago.”
Flash-forward to last night and Shapeero changed his tune, writing a formal apology via Deadline:
“I have decided to come forward, take responsibility, make the apology Mr. Gage deserves, and offer some background for my unacceptable and insensitive remarks,” he wrote, going on to give Lukas a “sincere and unvarnished apology for my offensive words, my unprofessional behavior during the audition and for not giving him the focus and attention he deserved.”
He went on to claim that he was “using the word ‘poor’ in the sense of deserving sympathy, as opposed to any economic judgment,” adding that his words were “being spoken from a genuine place of appreciation for what the actors were having to endure, stuck in confined spaces, finding it within themselves to give a role-winning performance under these conditions.”
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