Jeffrey Tambor has announced he won’t return for the upcoming fifth season of “Transparent” after being accused twice of sexual harassment on the set of the Amazon show. Tamblr role as transgender woman Maura Pfefferman resulted in two Emmy Award wins for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
“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,” said Tambor in a statement.
“For the past four years, I’ve had the huge privilege — and huge responsibility — of playing Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman, in a show that I know has had an enormous, positive impact on a community that has been too long dismissed and misunderstood. Now I find myself accused of behavior that any civilized person would condemn unreservedly. I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact,” he said in a statement.
“But I have never been a predator — ever. 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. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express.”
The network has reportedly opened an investigation into both accusations. Last week, show writer Our Lady J called for Tambor to leave the show.
There is no news at present how the writers of “Transparent” will handle Tambor’s exit.