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'Silicon Valley' Producers Are Spilling Everything About TJ Miller's Exit

'Silicon Valley' Producers Are Spilling Everything About TJ Miller's Exit

Silicon Valley producers are not holding any details back about TJ Miller‘s exit from the series after four seasons. The interview was given in the THR cover story featuring the other stars, Thomas Middleditch, Martin Starr, Kumail Nanjiani, and Zach Woods.

“There had been stretches when, multiple show sources say, he looked to have things under control, and others when he’d show up seemingly under the influence, if he showed up at all. ‘There are a lot of different ways you can find out somebody doesn’t want to do the show anymore,” creator Mike Judge said. “And it’s not fun to work with someone who doesn’t want to be there, [especially when] they’re one of the main people and you’ve got however many crewmembers and extras and people who are [not paid as well] and they’re all showing up before 7 a.m., and then are just like, ‘Oh, OK, we’re not shooting today.’”

He continued, “Table reads would start late as the cast and crew waited on the untamable actor, and when he did arrive he typically hadn’t cracked open the script. Schedules would regularly have to be rejiggered, and sources from the set recount tales of Miller falling asleep between takes, leaving cast and crew to nudge him awake.”

“There was almost a danger to having him around,” an insider continued. “He was explosive, and there were moments where you’d go, ‘Whoa, that’s not where I thought that was going at all, but that was fucking awesome’ … but it was a trade-off.” In the end, all parties involved decided it was best if he moved on.”

TJ offered a rebuttal, “In real life, I’m not always high like Erlich is. And this will blow your readers’ minds, but I’m not high when I work because it gets in the way of the comedy. I also am not a guy who’s blackout drunk, bumping into things on set…What was occurring was I was out doing stand-up all the time, even if it meant I only got three hours of sleep. So, the thing I have a problem with? It’s pushing myself to do too much.”

For more from the cast, visit HollywoodReporter.com.

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