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LEA MICHELE'S FORMER CO-STARS ARE FUMING OVER THE STAR'S HUGE NEW ROLE
By AUDREY WILLIAMS

The following story contains discussion of racist bullying.

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After actor Beanie Feldstein departed from the Broadway musical "Funny Girl," her replacement as the star of the show was confirmed to be Lea Michele, a former cast member of the hit show "Glee." Michele wrote on Instagram, "A dream come true is an understatement," but for some of her former co-stars and fans, the news felt more like a nightmare.
In 2020, "Glee" star Samantha Ware blasted Michele for racism and hypocrisy after the latter tweeted in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. "Remember when you made my first television gig a living hell?!?!" Ware replied. "I believe you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would 's*** in my wig!' amongst other traumatic microaggressions."
Other Black members of the "Glee" cast were quick to support Ware, and now that the "Funny Girl" news is out, Michele's former co-stars are expressing their distaste. Yvette Nicole Brown, who worked with Michele on "The Mayor," wrote simply, "The Broadway news" with a puke emoji; later, Ware posted a reaction of her own.
Ware tweeted in part, "Yes, I'm Black. Yes, I was abused. Yes, my dreams were tainted. Yes, Broadway upholds whiteness. Yes, Hollywood does the same." Meanwhile, a fan commented that the thought of Michele replacing Feldstein was "insulting," and another said, "We are living in a glee episode and as someone who actually watched all of glee through the end, I'm scared."