Drew Barrymore has finally spoken up about the altercation between her co-stars Lucy Liu and Bill Murray in 2000 on the set of ‘Charlie’s Angels’.
The actress, 46, discussed the altercation during Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Drew Barrymore Show” – three months after Liu addressed the incident in a podcast interview.
“Lucy is out there right now talking about her instance with Bill Murray,” Drew said, before teasing: “Do you want to know what happened? Do you want me to spill the tea?”
“What really happened was Bill was just in a — you know, comedians can be a little dark sometimes — and he just came in in a bad mood,” the star said.
“What you have to know is how much Lucy stood up for herself, and that was the great thing that came out of an unfortunate circumstance,” she continued. “She literally said, ‘I do not accept that kind of behavior from you.’ And we all supported her and backed her up, and we moved forward.”
Barrymore continued to express her support for Liu, 52, stating that she just created “a whole video and sent it to her to back her up.”
Murray, 71, was replaced in the 2003 sequel ‘Charlie’s Angels’ by comic Bernie Mac.
In July, Liu opened up about the on-set incident that made global headlines in 2000. According to the actress, she and Murray were preparing for a scene that had been modified while he was away at a family gathering.
“As we’re doing the scene, Bill starts to sort of hurl insults, and I won’t get into the specifics,” Liu alleged during the podcast, “but it kept going on and on. I was, like, ‘Wow, he seems like he’s looking straight at me.'”
“I say, ‘I’m so sorry, are you talking to me?’ And clearly, he was, because then it started to become a one-on-one communication,” she continued. “Some of the languages were inexcusable and unacceptable, and I was not going to just sit there and take it.”
Liu continued by expressing that she has no regrets about responding to Murray, stating: “No matter how low on the totem pole you may be or wherever you came from, there’s no need to condescend or to put other people down. And I would not stand down, and nor should I have.”
The “Elementary” star, however, acknowledged that she now had “nothing against” Murray more than two decades after their rivalry began and that he was “perfectly nice” when she ran into him at a “Saturday Night Live” taping.