Tristram Shapeero — a British TV director best known for directing episodes of “Community,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Veep” — is the guy on the other end of Gage’s instantly infamous online audition.
Shapeero — who apparently thought he was muted — is heard saying, “These poor people live in these tiny apartments,” referring to where Lukas was staying … and goes on to criticize his TV before he realizes Lukas can hear him.
The director is now suggesting he wasn’t talking smack and won’t say sorry … but does claim a statement will be coming out on the matter. Funny thing is, Shapeero said sorry multiple times to Lukas on the call when he was busted, and even added that he was mortified.
The actor — known for roles on “American Vandal” and “Euphoria” — posted the clip saying … “psa: if youre a sh*t talking director make sure to mute ur mic on zoom mtgings.”
The incident led to an outpouring of support in Hollywood for Gage, but the director seems to think it was all overblown.