Updated Jan. 23 at 11:39 a.m. ET: Pamela Anderson has responded to Tim Allen’s denial that he flashed her on the first day of ‘Home Improvement’.
“I have no ill will toward Tim,” Anderson said in a statement Vanity Fair. “But like the others, this shouldn’t have happened either.”
He continued: “This true story is just one of many surreal and uncomfortable situations I’ve learned to navigate. My book shows how it made me feel in my life and in this case my career.”
Anderson expanded on the incident in his memoir, with a newly released excerpt (via VF ) saying, “It was the first of many bizarre encounters where people felt they knew me enough to make a fool of themselves. “Here, Tim,” was my only line in every episode, and when they decided to expand my part, it was, “Here, Tim. Have a nice day.'”
The “Baywatch” star added of her exit from “Home Improvement,” “Ultimately, I made a career choice based on quality of life.”
Posted Jan 23 at 10am ET: Pamela Anderson talks about sexual harassment on set.
The “Baywatch” star claimed in her memoir “Love, Pamela,” out Jan. 31, that “Home Improvement” star Tim Allen flashed her on her first day in 1991. Anderson was 23 at the time.
“On the first day of filming, I walked out of my dressing room and Tim was in the hallway in his robe,” Anderson wrote (via Species). He opened his robe and flashed me a quick flash – completely naked underneath. He said it was only fair because he saw me naked. “We are equal now.” I laughed unpleasantly.”
Allen appears to have been referring to Anderson’s nude modeling for Playboy before joining the sitcom. Allen, then 37, denied the charge.
“No, it never happened,” Allen said in a statement to Variety. “I would never do that.”
Anderson starred on “Home Improvement” as Lisa the Tool Girl for two seasons. She later starred in the film Baywatch, which premiered in September 1992.
Anderson is the focus of Netflix’s upcoming documentary, “Pamela, A Love Story,” which chronicles her personal and professional rise and fall. The documentary debuts on the same day as his memoir.
According to the official synopsis, “Pamela, A Love Story” is an intimate and humanizing portrait of one of the world’s most famous blonde bombshells, tracing Anderson’s life and career from small-town girl to international sex symbol, actress, activist and doting mother. The film features exclusive modern interviews with Anderson, archival footage from his ’90s heyday, and access to his diaries and writings.
Anderson’s son Brandon Thomas Lee is producing the film. Lee emphasized that the Netflix documentary will show the “true story” behind Anderson and Tommy Lee’s romance, as previously teased by Hulu’s Emmy-winning 2022 series “Pam & Tommy.”
Anderson’s revelation about Allen is far from the first #MeToo story to be shared in a celebrity memoir. Geena Davis recently accused Bill Murray of inappropriately trying to use a massage device on her “Quick Change” co-star during an audition for the 1990 comedy. Davis wrote about the incident in his autobiography, Dying of Polteness.
“The way he behaved when we first met… I should have walked out of that or defended myself thoroughly, in which case I wouldn’t have gotten the role,” Davis told The Times UK. “I could have avoided this treatment if I had known how to react or what to do during the hearing. But you know, I was so non-confrontational that I just didn’t do it.
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