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
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
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.”
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!
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