The real reason T.J. Miller left 'Silicon Valley'?
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The team behind Silicon Valley tells The Hollywood Reporter that T.J. Miller left the show due to long-standing problems with drugs and alcohol.
Creator Mike Judge told the magazine, “There are a lot of different ways you can find out somebody doesn’t want to do the show anymore… 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.’”
Multiple sources tell THR that “there had been stretches when he looked to have things under control, and others when he’d show up seemingly under the influence, if he showed up at all.”
Miller would also should up unprepared and would reportedly fall asleep between takes, “leaving the cast and crew to nudge him awake.”
Judge, HBO and the show's producers offered Miller an opportunity to return for three episodes and close out the story line for his character Erlich Bachman, but that he declined and left after season four. At the time, he claimed he was leaving in part to explore film opportunities, but after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman when he was a college student, those opportunities may not materialize, THR reports.
Miller defended himself, telling THR: “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.”
When creator Alec Berg was asked if Silicon Valley will struggle without him, he said: “T.J. wasn’t LeBron,” to which Miller reportedly responded: “Oh, that’s great … And it makes me like him more [because] he’s so good at being an a----le.”
Season Five premieres March 25th.