The Seriously Shady Side Of TJ Miller


After years spent toiling in small roles,
T.J. Miller struck gold when he was cast in the hit HBO sitcom Silicon Valley as the foul-mouthed,
tech guru wanna-be, Erlich Bachman. But after four seasons, Miller shockingly
announced his exit from the show in 2017 and then proceed to hurl insults at the series
responsible for taking his career to the next level. But then again, Miller’s no stranger to controversy. Trashing the Valley When the season 4 finale of Silicon Valley
aired on June 24, 2017, Miller had made it clear in the weeks leading up to the event
that the episode would be the last appearance for his character Erlich Bachman. “I know that you look at me and you see a
guy who has it all figured out. And for the most part you’re right.” But the biggest bomb would drop the following
morning when The Hollywood Reporter published their interview with the actor. He said, “The only thing that you can talk
down about the show and about Alec Berg, the showrunner for the first couple years, is
that it’s cyclical. If they fail, then they succeed, and then
if they succeed, they fail. It’s over and over. That’s an old type of sitcom. That’s Seinfeld, where Alec Berg used to work. It’s recycling, it’s network. This is HBO.” Miller also threw his longtime friend and
improv partner Thomas Middleditch under the bus, saying, “I’m not an actor; I’m a comedian. And I don’t know how the f*** I hoodwinked
Hollywood into giving me a career in this. But I’m not sitting here saying, ‘I need more
lines. I’m not funny enough.’ I’m not Thomas Middleditch.” Stirring the pot In a bizarre defense of his disastrous interview
with The Hollywood Reporter, Miller concluded that “people need a villain” and he is simply
“occupying that space.” He said in July 2017, “After the election,
I realized that there was a gap. Nobody right now is publicly the Lindsay Lohan–train
wreck–but–not–quite person. If I’d just said it was an honor to work on
Silicon Valley and was thankful to Alec Berg, I would have disappeared. Instead, by being just a little authentic,
I infected the news cycle. It’s more important to be polarizing than
neutralizing. That’s my position.” Insult comic Shortly after Silicon Valley became a hit
series, Miller was invited to host the 2015 Crunchies, a tech world version of the Oscars
hosted by the technology site TechCrunch. Once again, Miller would make headlines, but
this time around, it was for all the wrong reasons. The Verge reported, “Within the span of a
few minutes, Miller called a woman a bitch three times and casually threw out a racist
remark.” That woman was the girlfriend of former Uber
CEO, Travis Kalanick. But earlier that year, while attending the
San Francisco Sketchfest at, Miller exhibited the kind of behavior that would later land
him in hot water at the Crunchies. After being asked about the effects of the
real Silicon Valley on San Francisco, PandoDaily reported, “Miller responded with a long, puerile
dialogue that involved some talk of ‘f***ing his way’ through fans in the Tenderloin, a
little vague racism about getting treated suspiciously in Japantown, and a joke about
LSD and the Bay Area that is about 40 years out of date.” Pointing fingers In an interview with Salon, Miller would become
frustrated by frequent criticism about Silicon Valley’s lack of female characters and would
lay the blame at the feet of the tech industry in general, saying, “It’s ridiculous. We’re trying to reflect Silicon Valley to
the rest of the world accurately, and [in] making fun of it, obviously we had to take
some liberties through comedy. But I thought it was so interesting that people
attacked the show for not having enough women, instead of attacking Silicon Valley for not
having enough women.” Miller would imply that the real sexism is
in being asked to include more women in the show. “They just said: ‘Why don’t you just stick
more women in there?’ That’s really the grossest thing. To be like, ‘put some f***ing women in there! Who cares, just get some women. We need a couple more women objects in the
thing. Go grab some women props, put them in the
show.’ That’s the weird thing for me.” Little b-word Following the Crunchies controversy, Miller
would not only complain about the backlash in at least three separate interviews with
Salon, Esquire, and Vulture, but he claimed that calling a woman the b-word was the right
thing for him to do at an awards show. He said, “They came at me at the Crunchies
for using ‘the B-word,’ and that was so insane to us, that ‘the B-word’ even existed. We just call it “bitch.” My wife called me a bitch yesterday because
I was being a little bitch about something. It’s just vernacular, and we laugh about that
a lot. She calls me ‘bitch’ more around the house
because of [the situation]. Which I’m fine with, because I’m not an easily
offended Silicon Valley wannabe CEO or something.” Name-dropper Miller has developed a habit for name-dropping,
especially since exiting Silicon Valley. He told Inverse, “I’ve been working in the
trenches. This is the way I get to have a movie with
Dreamworks, which I’m writing, and to have Spielberg put me in Office Christmas Party
and then Ready Player One. I told Spielberg my plan, actually, why I
was on so many platforms and taking so many roles, and he said, ‘Oh I know, I’m watching. I’ve seen everything you’ve done.'” Uber battle Miller called an Uber to pick him up after
the GQ Men of the Year party in December 2016. But things didn’t exactly go well with his
driver. TMZ reported, “…during the ride they got
into an argument about President-elect Donald Trump. The driver claims T.J. slapped him in the
head when they got to his house. We’re told the driver got pissed and decided
to make a citizen’s arrest. He called cops who showed up and took T.J.
into custody.” The situation would only go from bad to worse
for Miller when the driver accused the comedian of being high on nitrous oxide. In the end, Miller would make a deal with
the L.A. City Attorney’s office, avoiding charges. He’d later battle the driver in court and
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