12:40pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jeffrey Tambor May Not Be Leaving 'Transparent' After All
Jeffrey Tambor may not be leaving Amazon's Transparent after all.
A representative for the Emmy-winning actor told The New York Times on Wednesday that Tambor had no plans to quit the streamer's groundbreaking series.
Following multiple allegations of sexual harassment against Tambor, the actor said in a Nov. 19 statement, "I don't see how I can return to Transparent."
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that that while Tambor hinted that he was leaving Transparent, he never outright said he was exiting the show. Amazon Studios, who own and produce the Jill Soloway series, has been investigating the actor and has not yet made a decision about his involvement or about the fate of the show's fifth season.
Transparent castmember Trace Lysette told THR that Tambor sexually harassed her on multiple occasions, claiming he "got physical" in one instance. After the alleged physical assault, which took place on set, Lysette said she felt like she was being targeted and sexually harassed by Tambor. Working with the actor "has been a roller coaster. One minute Jeffrey is lovely, the next it's a temper tantrum or flirtation," she said. (Tambor, in a statement, acknowledged that he can be "volatile and ill-tempered" to work with, "but I have never been a predator — ever.")
Lysette is the second transgender actress to go public with misconduct allegations against Tambor. His former assistant, transgender actress Van Barnes, accused the actor of behaving in a sexually inappropriate manner in a private social media post. Amazon immediately launched an investigation into the Transparent star on Nov. 8. At the time, Soloway told THR, "Anything that would diminish the level of respect, safety and inclusion so fundamental to our workplace is completely antithetical to our principles. We are cooperating with the investigation into this matter."
The Transparent writing staff, sources say, began reworking the upcoming fifth season following news of the first allegation against Tambor as the series mulled refocusing the show without its star.
Transparent was renewed for a fifth cycle ahead of season four's debut. The new season was set to begin production next year for a late 2018 launch.
Here's Tambor's full statement in which he hinted at his exit:
"Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life. What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago. 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. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”