Jeffrey Tambor May Be Leaving 'Transparent' Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Carla Harmon
November 21, 2017

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

The actor who has won two lead actor Emmys for his performance as a transgender woman Transparent, said in a statement shared with USA TODAY by his publicist, Allan Mayer: "Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life".

"I have already clearly expressed my profound regret if any action of my hand could be misinterpreted as being aggressive, but the idea that I could deliberately harass someone is simply and profoundly wrong", he told the newspaper.

In an ambiguous statement Sunday, Tambor referenced what he calls a "politicized atmosphere" that has afflicted the set.

Lysette has appeared as a guest star in multiple episodes of the show's four seasons, in which Tambor, 73, plays a retired professor in transition who tells his family about his longtime identification as a woman.

Should Tambor part ways with "Transparent", it would be the latest professional casualty of the anti-sexual harassment movement that is upending Hollywood at all levels.

Just more than a week later, his transgender co-star Trace Lysette released a statement that Tambor "made many sexual advances and comments at me, but one time it got physical". Representatives for Amazon did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.

"He came in close, put his bare feet on top of mine so I could not move, leaned his body against me, and began quick, discreet thrusts back and forth against my body", the statement read.

There have been suggestions that since the accusations were made the makers of Transparent had already started discussing removing Tambor and his character from the show ahead of Season 5, and so it's a case of the actor jumping before he could be pushed.

A fifth season for Transparent has not yet been officially announced; it was expected to premiere sometime next year on Amazon.

In response to the allegations, Tambor admitted he "can be volatile and ill-tempered". I don't know if it's going to work.

Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman in "Transparent". "I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact", Tambor said in a previous statement on November 11 following Lysette's claims. Tambor denied the claims in which he said: "I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone".

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