"Jeffrey Tambor is so innocent he quit the show to show how innocent he is," wrote one critic on Twitter.
While maintaining his innocence regarding to sexual harassment claims brought against him, and amidst an internal investigation by Amazon, "Transparent" star Jeffrey Tambor has announced that he is quitting the series.
"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 told Deadline Sunday. “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to 'Transparent.'"
The star, who has won multiple awards, including an Emmy and Golden Globe, for his portrayal of a transgender woman who comes out to her family late in life, said, "Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life."
Amazon has reportedly already been exploring ways to write his character out of the series' upcoming fifth season. Speaking at a panel on Saturday, series creator Jill Soloway said she wasn't able to speak specifically about the allegations because of the ongoing investigation.
Tambor was initially accused of sexual harassment by a former assistant. On November 16, "Transparent" actress Trace Lysette alleged that he'd made unwelcome and lewd comments toward her and that he pressed his body inappropriately against hers. Tambor denied both claims.
Fans and even those involved with the making of "Transparent" took to Twitter after this latest bombshell announcement to discuss their reactions, several of them also wondering how Netflix will respond to this. Filming on the new season of "Arrested Development," featuring Tambor, has concluded, but no release date has been announced.
Welp. This has been insane. And very hard not to talk about constantly. Love and support for my work family. https://t.co/ywZO8fONd8 SEND— Gabe Liedman (@gabeliedman) November 19, 2017
Jeffrey Tambor has been canceled and now the future of Arrested Development looks a lot different.— zak (@ZakKondratenko) November 19, 2017
Rip Torn has outlived former co-star Jeffrey Tambor's stint on the television show "Transparent." pic.twitter.com/VqZyuxubvY— Rip Torn Outlives (@RipTornOutlives) November 19, 2017
It's sad that @jeffreytambor is leaving @transparent_tv (if I'm reading reports correctly), but I think it's right. Hopefully it's remembered as a great performance in TV history, because it really is phenomenal, but his actions off camera can never be excused. #Transparent— FYC Awards Blog (@FYCAwardsBlog) November 19, 2017
Jeffrey Tambor is so innocent he quit the show to show how innocent he is 🙄— Andrew Wickliffe (@thestopbutton) November 19, 2017
Do you think Christopher Plummer is busy?— Lizbeth Morse (@Liznvinny) November 19, 2017
Jeffrey Tambor’s statement: “I thought I was doing these crazy trannies the courtesy of showing professional and sexual interest in them and now that I have been rebuked, I throw myself upon the mercies of the cis people who love me nigh unconditionally.”— colette arrand (@colettearrand) November 19, 2017
Didn't think Jeffrey Tambor could be a bigger asshole than Hank Kingsley or George Bluth but he's proved me wrong— USSRI (@edknock) November 19, 2017
Jeffrey Tambor complaining about the "politicized atmosphere" of his own show as if the subject matter didn't require some sensitivity during production is something else.— Steven Santos (@stevensantos) November 19, 2017
There is no transparent without Jeffrey tambor— ohcrud🕷 (@ohcrud) November 19, 2017
Huge news re Jeffrey Tambor quitting #Transparent. I hope the show can go forward in a way that lets trans stories and trans actors have the forefront. Our stories are important now more so than ever before!— Danielle Solzman (@DanielleSATM) November 19, 2017
who had Jeffrey Tambor and Russell Simmons in their Fantasy Allegations League today? my picks were way off— Guero Basura (@jaycuz666) November 19, 2017
I’m a woman and I support @jeffreytambor— HypoSal (@supremelyone) November 19, 2017
Now that Jeffrey Tambor is gone, maybe instead of cancelling the show, they should focus on the characters played by real trans people instead of a cis man pretending to be trans... https://t.co/nqOZg2BHBs— i'm just a teenage dirtbag, baby (@tatianatenreyro) November 19, 2017
That's it-That series is dead to me now. Transparent is a great series-but it's all Jeffrey Tambor.— Lizbeth Morse (@Liznvinny) November 19, 2017
Jeffrey Tambor and all y'all really need to stop talking like the INTENTION behind your actions is what matters, as opposed to EFFECT of those actions. https://t.co/heYieWp6lw— Salidinas (@jim_reedy) November 19, 2017
Having Christopher Plummer replace Jeffrey Tambor with a snarky narration one liner feels like a classic AR joke— Full Time Paul (@HuginsPL) November 19, 2017