Former child star blames 'Rent: Live' outburst on 'severe manic depressive episode'

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A former child star from the 1994 Little Rascals movie is blaming his Twitter outburst during Sunday’s Fox broadcast of Rent: Live on a mental health problem.

Blake McIver, who was Waldo in the kids flick and went on to play Derek on Full House (credited back then as Blake McIver Ewing), thanked “those who reached out knowing that something was very wrong.” He wrote, “I had a severe manic depressive episode last night and although it’s not an excuse for what was said publicly and privately, it’s a reason.” He said he’s now “recovering” and “getting the help I need.”

Not everyone was quick to let bygones be bygones — well initially. At least some of McIver’s ire during his Twitter rant was directed at Ira Madison III, a writer for the Netflix’s Daybreak and a TV host. Madison had been tweeting commentary while Rent: Live aired and McIver apparently thought he was making fun of the cast, which included Emerson Collins, who McIver knows and was rooting on before the production aired.

Madison noted that while he is a “supporter of mental health and have had my own struggles,” being called an “opportunistic f*****” by McIver on Twitter and having McIver suggest Madison would “drug” him is “hateful” and “disgusting,” Madison wrote. He added that he hadn’t received an apology.

Screengrab: Ira Madison III via Twitter
Screengrab: Ira Madison III via Twitter
Blake McIver (who also goes by Blake McIver Ewing) performs at the Family Equality Council’s Impact Awards at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios in Hollywood on March 17, 2018. (Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images for Family Equality Council)
Blake McIver (who also goes by Blake McIver Ewing) performs at the Family Equality Council’s Impact Awards at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios in Hollywood on March 17, 2018. (Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images for Family Equality Council)

However, Madison added that he hopes McIver gets the help he needs.

Screengrab: Ira Madison III via Twitter
Screengrab: Ira Madison III via Twitter

Later in the day, McIver posted again to address the situation — naming specific people he was apologizing to. He also wrote more about his mental illness.

Madison accepted his apology.

During Sunday’s broadcast, Madison was posting commentary, including:

McIver responded — and it was on from there.

Screengrab: Blake McIver via Twitter
Screengrab: Blake McIver via Twitter

Here are more of the back-and-forth tweets:

Screengrab: Ira Madison III via Twitter
Screengrab: Ira Madison III via Twitter

There was even some direct-messaging, which Madison then posted publicly.

McIver with one of the Olsen twins on a 1994 episode of <em>Full House</em>. He appeared on nine episodes of the show from 1992 to 1995. (Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
McIver with one of the Olsen twins on a 1994 episode of Full House. He appeared on nine episodes of the show from 1992 to 1995. (Photo: ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

In addition to acting, McIver is a singer and a TV host (including a past gig on Bravo’s The People’s Couch.) He’s also been an LGBTQ activist and released the equality anthem “This Is Who We Are” in 2015.

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