Jeffrey Tambor will not be returning to Transparent.
Amazon announced today they’ve concluded its internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations first made against the actor in 2017, and made the decision that Tambor will not be allowed back on the Emmy-winning series. Tambor’s former assistant Van Barnes and Transparent star Trace Lysette, both transgender women, spoke publicly about incidents in which Tambor sexually harassed them on set.
“I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires,” creator Jill Soloway said in a statement. “We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community. We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family.”’
Transparent writers are currently working on the show’s fifth season, which will either require a new actor (preferably a trans woman) taking Tambor’s place as series lead Maura, or her departure all together.
UPDATE: Trace Lysette responded to Tambor’s firing on Twitter, writing:“Finally some closure I hope. This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. Please show your support for @transparent_tv so we can make season 5 something great. Thank you all for your love and endless support.”
Finally some closure I hope. This was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. Please show your support for @transparent_tv so we can make season 5 something great. Thank you all for your love and endless support ❤️ https://t.co/g0sbXJ70xt
— Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) February 15, 2018
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