Jeffrey Tambor has decided to exit acclaimed Amazon series Transparent following allegations of sexual harrasment.
Tambor, who won a Golden Globe for his performance in the series, has been accused by transgender actress Trace Lysette of sexual remarks and inappropriate physical contact on set. Van Barnes, Tambor’s former assistant, also claimed inappropriate behaviour from the actor earlier this month.
As a result of these allegations, Tambor claims that a “politicised atmosphere” has arisen on set.
“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” Tambor told Deadline. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago.”
He added: “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.”
Deadline reports that Amazon were possibly already looking at writing Tambor’s character out of the series prior to these accusations coming to light. A source for Variety said, “There’s momentum on the inside to continue without Jeffrey Tambor.”
Transparent kicked off in 2014 and has since aired 4 seasons. Tambor has also won a Primetime Emmy for playing Pfefferman.
Here’s Lysette’s full statement:
— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) November 17, 2017
Transparent writer/producer Our Lady J applauded Lysette’s decision to go public with the claim:
(The above statement is from @tracelysette. The statement below is my response.) . My heart is broken. I’m struggling to put together words right now, as I’m flooded with emotions. Any abuse of power is inexcusable, but hearing the stories of Van and Trace have particularly shattered me. I honor the strength and courage that it must have taken for them to tell their truth. … Thank you for your leadership, Trace. Thank you for speaking up. And thank you for your proposed solution at the end of your statement. You are right — we cannot let trans content be taken down by a single cis man. I’m sure I’ll have more to say, but this is as much as I can get out in this very emotional moment. …. My heart goes out to all victims of abuse, told and untold. I hope this is the beginning of our time to heal.