Further promotional and press interviews just days ahead of the premiere of the fifth season of “Arrested Development” have been canceled. The cast was scheduled to do a UK press tour in London this week but released a statement announcing they’ll find another time to visit fans overseas.
No explicit reason was revealed for the cancelation, however it follows on from the recent New York Times interview in which co-star Jessica Walter tearfully talked about experiencing verbal harassment by co-star Jeffrey Tambor during a cast interview. Attempts by male co-stars like Jason Bateman to downplay the situation were met with swift backlash and resulted in apologies.
The topic would likely be broached in every subsequent interview with the cast in the near future, which is one possible explanation for the halting of the press tour. The first batch of episodes for the new season of “Arrested Development” premieres this coming Tuesday.