Jeffrey Tambor Is Not Handling His ‘Transparent’ Exit Well
The likelihood of Jeffrey Tambor exiting Amazon’s Transparent over sexual harassment allegations took a bizarre turn when the actor’s representation seemingly walked back comments about leaving the series. Now that Amazon has made it official, however, Tambor is not holding back on his grudge.
Yesterday saw Amazon and series creator Jill Soloway confirming Tambor would have no part in the show’s fifth season, following complaints from transgender cast and crew that the actor made inappropriate remarks and advances. Soloway’s statement didn’t mention Tambor by name – rather offering support to victims Van Barnes and Trace Lysette – and Tambor has now released his own statement decrying the decision. In it, Tambor calls Soloway “unfair” and bemoans Amazon’s investigation as “deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set”:
I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me. 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 cast mates. In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set. As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself. I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak.
What a fun, totally rational response to producers prioritizing the safety of their crew. For what it’s worth, both Lysette and Barnes claim to have approached Transparent producers with their complaints, but no action was ultimately taken. Transparent Season 5 is also expected to move forward with its fifth season in the coming months, despite Tambor’s claim the series is now in jeopardy.
Meanwhile, Netflix remains silent as a fifth season of Tambor’s Arrested Development waits in the wings, despite their commitment to dropping actor Kevin Spacey from House of Cards. Stay tuned for the latest on Transparent in the meantime.
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