The fourth season finale of HBO’s Silicon Valley aired last night, and with it came the final appearance of mess fest T.J. Miller. Last month it was announced that T.J. and producers had “mutually agreed” that the fourth season would be his last. T.J. talked to The Hollywood Reporter about leaving the show, and he might have helped solve a blind item by going full-smug asshole during the interview.
T.J.’s interview was done in response to another interview by THR with Silicon Valley creator and executive producer Mike Judge. Mike claims T.J. was written out after it became clear he “didn’t want to do the show anymore.” Mike didn’t get into contract details, but said that he didn’t want to “force” T.J. to be on the show. Mike added that they wanted to give T.J. the opportunity to come back if he wanted to, but he made it very clear he didn’t want to ever come back.
According to T.J. Miller, he was offered a reduced role on the show because he’s “the hardest-working man in show business, maybe.” A part-time role on a TV show wasn’t something he was interested in, because he’s a huge movie star now.
“Everybody was like, ‘What the fuck are you talking about? You’re on this successful show. Don’t you want three more years of solid acting work and don’t you want to be a famous television actor?’ And I was like, ‘No, not really.’ I’d like to parasail into the Cannes Film Festival for The Emoji Movie because that’s the next new funny thing that will make people laugh.”
He adds that he never talked to executive producer Alec Berg about his decision to leave (which he says felt like a “breakup“) because “I don’t like Alec,” and, “I don’t know how smart [Alec] is. He went to Harvard, and we all know those kids are fucking idiots. That Crimson trash.” Congratulations on never getting hired by Alec Berg or a Harvard grad ever again, T.J. Miller.
He also went after Silicon Valley co-star Thomas Middleditch while inflating his own ego by comparing his character to that of Kramer from Seinfeld.
“I’m not an actor; I’m a comedian. And I don’t know how the fuck 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. I’m me, the guy that thinks all of this is sort of ridiculous. It was a joke. Leaving was a joke that I thought would be a good joke because the show would grow and change. It seemed like a funny trick to play on everyone. It’s just like, what if Kramer left in the middle of Seinfeld’s height?”
But T.J. did say some nice things about his former co-stars Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, and Martin Starr.
Something tells me T.J. Miller is about to get a call from Katherine Heigl with some very important career advice. Namely that if you want to keep working, it’s not a great idea to take a flamethrower to your former prestige TV gig like that. And then she’ll tell him to stay away from kitty litter commercials since that’s her turf.