Jeffrey Tambor, star of Amazon Studios’ series “Transparent” has decided not to return to the series after members of the team accused him of sexual harassment.
“Transparent” tells the story of a father with three grown children who comes out to his family as transgender. It debuted to critical acclaim in 2014. The fourth season premiered this fall.
“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” the Emmy winning actor told Deadline on Sunday. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago,” Tambor added of his role as the lead on the Jill Soloway created show.
“I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue,” Tambor asserted as well. “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”
Even before the first accusation, Tambor’s option for a Season 5 had not actually been picked up. Amazon is currently investigating both sexual harassment allegations filed against him and has been speaking to Soloway, members of the production team, and Tambor.
The stunning shift by Tambor comes after transgender “Transparent” semi-regular actress Trace Lysette alleged on November 16 that the actor made lewd, sexual, and unwelcomed remarks to her repeatedly while they worked together. The “Blunt Talk” actress also said that Tambor got “physical” with her on at least one occasion. In clear reference to Tambor, Lysette recommended that Amazon and Soloway “remove the problem and let the show go on.”
Saying he was “deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive,” Tambor also responded to the claims: “I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator – ever.”