Ms. Ganz, who is now a producer and writer on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” responded several days later.
“Care to be more specific?” she asked. “Redemption follows allocution.”
Mr. Harmon, 45, responded that he had treated Ms. Ganz, 33, “like garbage,” and that a form of deeply ingrained sexism had led him to disrespect women generally.
He then asked her if there was a way to fix what he had done.
“I wish my memories were foggier,” Ms. Ganz responded. “I wish there was a way to fix it. It took me years to believe in my talents again, to trust a boss when he complimented me and not cringe when he asked for my number.”
A week later, in lengthy remarks on an episode of his podcast, “Harmontown,” Mr. Harmon described how he had been attracted to Ms. Ganz and how her lack of interest in him had made him treat her progressively worse.
“The entire time, I was the one writing her paychecks and in control of whether she stayed or went, and whether she felt good about herself or not, and said horrible things, just treated her cruelly,” he said.
He implored people in similar situations to be honest with themselves about the way they were behaving toward others.
“I’ll never do it again, but I certainly wouldn’t have been able to do it if I had any respect for women,” he…