Lukas Gage: Director Tristram Shapeero apologises for calling star 'poor'

Carla Harmon
November 25, 2020

As I say on the video, I'm mortified about what happened. "It's fine. Just give me the job and we'll be fine".

On Tuesday morning, Tristram Shapeero came forward to confirm he was the unseen director and apologise to Gage again, this time via an open letter published in Deadline.

"In a new statement to Deadline, however, the veteran of shows like The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Brooklyn Nine-Nine fessed up, and said, ".I offer Mr. Gage a honest and unvarnished apology for my offensive words, my unprofessional behavior during the audition and for not giving him the focus and attention he deserved", insisting, "Lukas deserved better".

Lukas Gage received an apology from the rude director who shamed him for his living space during a Zoom audition.

"First and foremost I offer Mr. Gage a honest and unvarnished apology for my offensive words", he writes before saying that his comments were, in fact, an "appreciation" of actors who continue to work during the pandemic.


"I know, it's a s**tty apartment. Like, I'm looking at his background and he's got his TV..."

Shapeero continued, "First and foremost I offer Mr. Gage a honest and unvarnished apology for my offensive words, my unprofessional behavior during the audition and for not giving him the focus and attention he deserved". My job is to evaluate performers against the part I am trying to cast. Gage then replied: "I do know it's a shitty residence".

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

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

Gage has yet to respond to Shapeero's apology. "My phrases had been being spoken from a real place of appreciation for what the actors had been having to endure, caught in confined areas, discovering it inside themselves to present a role-winning efficiency underneath these situations".


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

The incident led to an outpouring of support in Hollywood for Gage, but the director seems to think it was all overblown.

We're told that Gage did not get the job but is now on location in Hawaii with Molly Shannon.

After the video went viral, Gage received messages of support from a range of stars, including director Judd Apatow, actors Kevin McHale and Hugh Bonneville and actress January Jones.

'I don't have any apology because I didn't say anything bad, ' he told one freelance journalist.


However, he said he planned to address it on his own terms - not when being ambushed, saying he was talking to public relations experts and a statement would follow.

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