- “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor won’t return for the show’s fifth season.
- Tambor, who has won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for his role, was accused of sexual harassment by two women in November.
- In a statement, Tambor said he was “profoundly disappointed” in Amazon’s investigation and in series creator Jill Soloway.
“Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor has parted ways with Amazon and the show, but the split seems to have not been amicable at all.
Tambor – who has won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for his role as transgender woman Maura Pfefferman – was accused of sexual harassment by two women in November. Thursday night, Tambor said that he was “profoundly disappointed” in Amazon’s investigation of the allegations, and “Transparent” creator and showrunner Jill Soloway’s characterization of him.
“I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me,” Tambor said in a statement to Deadline. “I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow castmates.”
After investigating the accusations, Amazon decided to dismiss Tambor from the series. The show, which also stars Judith Light, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Kathryn Hahn, will continue. Amazon has not said if the fifth season of the Emmy-winning series, created by Jill Soloway, will be its last.
Deadline reports that the decision to write Tambor out of the show was made “in the past week.”
Both women who accused Tambor of sexual harassment on the show were transgender. The first accusations were made by Tambor’s former assistant Van Barnes, the second by his “Transparent” co-star Tracy Lysette.
Barnes and Lysette accused Tambor of saying sexually explicit things to them, and acting inappropriate physically.
Tambor has denied both accusations.
“We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family,” Soloway said in a statement provided to Business Insider on Thursday.