Published: Mon, November 20, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Jeffrey Tambor: 'I don't see how I can return' to 'Transparent'

Jeffrey Tambor: 'I don't see how I can return' to 'Transparent'

The face of Amazon breakout hit Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor, has decided not to return to the series after accusations of sexual harassment.

"Playing Maura Pfefferman on 'Transparent' has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life", the 73-year-old actor told Deadline Sunday. He told Deadline he could not return to the show given its "politicized atmosphere".

The Amazon comedy-drama series became the subject of scrutiny after Tambor's former assistant and transgender actress Van Barnes accused the actor of repeatedly engaging in inappropriate behavior towards her in early November. The state of Transparent is now unclear, though many have suggested that Tambor's exit opens room to re-cast his role with a trans actors-something that should have been done in the first place. "I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation"'.

Tambor, who played Maura Pfefferman in Amazon Studios' Transparent, stated that the character made a huge difference and positive impact on a community that has been neglected for too long. Over the past few weeks, Kevin Spacey was sacked from "House of Cards" and cut out of the film "All the Money in the World", and Louis C.K. had a Netflix standup special axed and was removed from Saturday's HBO benefit "A Night of Too Many Stars".

Tambor specifically denied the allegations in a statement last week to Variety, writing that he has "never been a predator - ever". In her statement Lysette wrote that "Jeffrey has made many sexual advances and comments at me, but one time it got physical", describing an incident in which she said he physically harassed her on set.

In some cases, these projects have been canceled.

Meanwhile, more mud has been flung on director Brett Ratner who is among several big names in Hollywood, including producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey, embroiled in a sexual storm. Tambor now joins Louis C.K.

But in her statement, Lysette urged Amazon not to cancel "Transparent", but instead to "remove the problem and let the show go on".

Although Tambor's character had been a protagonist in the series, the plot seemed to be moving in a direction away from that storyline, meaning the shift may or may not require a massive restructuring of the entire program. Netflix recently finished shooting the fifth season, and it was unclear Sunday how it would respond.

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