Jeffrey Tambor Quits 'Transparent,' Maintains Innocence: Fans Split, Wonder About 'Arrested Development'
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"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.

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