Drew Barrymore is finally speaking up about what happened between her Charlie’s Angels co-stars, Lucy Liu and Bill Murray, in 2000.
The 46-year-old actress opened up about it during the Tuesday episode of her show, The Drew Barrymore Show. It came three months after Liu talked about the incident in a podcast interview.
Drew started, “Lucy is out there right now talking about her instance with Bill Murray. Do you want to know what happened? Do you want me to spill the tea?”
The E.T. star recalled, “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.”
“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,” added. “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 made it clear that she supports the 52-year-old actress and she even made “a whole video and sent it to her to back her up.”
Meanwhile, Murray no longer appeared on the Charlie’s Angels’ sequel in 2003 and was replaced by comedian Bernie Mac.
Liu first opened up about the incident on set in July. She told the Los Angeles Times’ “Asian Enough” podcast that she and the 71-year-old actor were rehearsing a scene when it happened.
Liu alleged, “As we’re doing the scene, Bill starts to sort of hurl insults, and I won’t get into the specifics 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 language was inexcusable and unacceptable, and I was not going to just sit there and take it.”
She admitted that she didn’t regret talking back at him, saying, “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.”
Years after that unfortunate incident, Liu claimed that she has nothing against Murray. In fact, she said he was nice when they bumped into each other during a taping of Saturday Night Live.