2:14pm PT by Jackie Strause
Majority of 'Arrested Development' Cast "Stands Behind" Jeffrey Tambor, David Cross Says
Jeffrey Tambor has been fired from Amazon Studios' Transparent over allegations of sexual harassment, but his other TV family is still "standing behind" him, according to co-star David Cross.
“I can’t speak for everybody, but I know there are a number of us who stand behind him — from the limited amount we know, we stand behind Jeffrey — and I am one of them,” Cross said, referencing the ensemble cast that includes Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi and Alia Shawkat. (Shawkat also appeared on the latest season of Transparent.) The entire series-regular cast, along with creator Mitchell Hurwitz, is set to return for new episodes when the fifth season premieres later this year; Netflix has yet to set a launch date or comment on Tambor's status with the revival. (The streaming giant and Arrested Development producers 20th TV declined comment again Wednesday.)
When asked about the allegations against Tambor at Wednesday night's Game Night premiere, Bateman told The Hollywood Reporter: "I love Jeffrey. I always will. I can’t go further than that, but I will always love that man."
After an internal investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct — including from one of his Transparent co-stars, Trace Lysette, who went public with her claims to The Hollywood Reporter — the Jill Soloway-helmed show dropped Tambor from his four-season leading role as groundbreaking trans parent Maura Pfefferman, a role that also won him two Emmys. "We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community," said Soloway in a statement at the time of Tambor's ouster.
Tambor has denied the allegations and said he was "profoundly disappointed" in Amazon's handling of the situation, claiming that the accusations have "never been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon."
Cross echoed Tambor's sentiment: “I think it’s very curious that Amazon didn’t make public the results of their internal investigation. I’m not sure why they would do that. I just know the whole thing is rather curious to me.”
Though Cross said he isn't the one making decisions about Tambor's role on the forthcoming season of the cult comedy, he said that he doubted the Amazon decision would impact Tambor's roles as George Bluth Sr. and Oscar Bluth on Arrested Development, especially since the season has already finished filming. "I certainly hope not," he added.
Feb. 22, 8 a.m. Updated with Bateman comment.