It's been two years since Busy Philipps first revealed that James Franco "shoved me to the ground once" while they were working together on Freaks and Geeks. The actress shared that tidbit, as well as the fact that she and the Oscar nominee "really disliked each other," during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Well that incident is back in the spotlight as she featured it in a passage in her memoir, This Will Only Hurt a Little. However, during another appearance on WWHL this week, Busy noted she's surprised by how much attention the whole thing is getting.
“When I was writing the book, because I talk about so many personal things, I always had in my head, like, things will get turned into clickbait. I naively did not think that would be one of them because I had talked about it on your show," she told Andy. “It really bummed me out because I felt like I’m a woman in this industry who wrote a personal book about my experiences in life and in this industry, and then the headlines were all about a man. I was, like, that was my point the whole time.”
She then went on to clarify when she and James discussed the incident and where they stand today, in the clip above.
Busy also talked about the buzz surrounding that anecdote in a lengthy Instagram message to fans, writing:
"On that note, my book is 308 pages, not one paragraph. The Franco story is used to illustrate a larger point about the way women are treated in this business and in life. There are no 'allegations' and no 'accusations'. It's a story that I have been telling for years. James apologized. I accepted. And I still get to tell it because it f---ing happened to me. Here's a quote from the Hollywood Reporter article, 'In the book, you get into how James Franco was difficult to work with on the set of Freaks and Geeks.' 'Busy: 'It wasn't even outrageous. At the time, 19 and with my first professional acting job, I was under the impression that this was just the way things were. James and I have talked about it over the years. At one point he apologized to me. I was always acutely aware of my expendability, and so I felt I needed to never complain, always show up on time and not be difficult. If someone else was being difficult, it was my job to be the easy one or figure out a way to soothe the situation.' Sending you light and love, bbs."
Below you can check out the original WWHL moment in which Busy talked about that moment with James.