Hollywood reacts to Tom Cruise’s recorded COVID-19 tirade

Stars like Whoopi Goldberg and George Clooney have offered support for the megastar, who was caught berating crew members for breaking health guidelines on the set of "Mission: Impossible 7."
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that new audio from Tom Cruise unloading on some of the crew over coronavirus safety and revealing what may have happened as some of Hollywood's biggest names react. Kaylee Hartung has more on all of this. Good morning, Kaylee. Reporter: Good morning, robin. This recording went viral real quick and now we have more context to this tense moment as Hollywood asked the question is Tom Cruise a hero or a villain for this behind-the-scenes performance? Open the door when I tell you. Reporter: This morning we're hearing more from that leaked recording of Tom Cruise berating members of his "Mission: Impossible 7" crew for reportedly violating covid safety protocols. I trust you guys to be here. If we shut down it's going to cost people Their job, their homes. That's what's happening all the way down the line and I care about you guys but if you're not going to help me, you're gone, okay. Reporter: The audio obtained by the uk's "The sun" newspaper reportedly recorded after he saw two huddled together near a monitor. You see that stick. How many meters is that? People are standing around a Computer and hanging out around here. What are you doing? Reporter: And while cruise is used to putting himself on the line for the franchise, as one of the film's top producers in the midst of a pandemic, he's putting others on the line too. More than 2 million jobs are supported by the entertainment industry and in a year where the box office is getting blasted, estimated to rake in just $2.3 billion compared to 2019's 10.5 billion, every decision counts. He's been showing support for the suffering industry during the pandemic masking up to watch account tenet" in the these they are summer. While they report five crew members quit since the audio was released cruise is getting public support for his message about protecting the film industry including from fellow stars like whoopi Goldberg, ava duvernay and George Clooney who spoke to Howard Stern on Sirius It's tricky. You do have a responsibility for everybody else and he's right about that but if the production goes down a lot lose their jobs. I understand why he did it. I don't know I would have done it quite that personally. A lot of people are saying he was out of line, he should not be yelling at people like that. That, you know, he's the boss there, that's not the kind of set you want to run. Then others are saying, he's the boss there. And he's responsible for the health of everyone on that set. Reporter: And in the uk where they're filming "Mission: Impossible 7," they are on very high alert and tightening restrictions. If this was shut down again it would come at a huge cost to paramount studios and could cost a lot of jobs. All right, Kaylee. As you can see mixed reaction to what he did. No doubt.

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