Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor has officially been dismissed from the cast of Amazon’s Transparent, and he’s not very pleased about it.
Last fall, Tambor was accused of sexual harassment by former assistant Van Barnes. Shortly thereafter co-star Trace Lysette also levied accusations against the star. After an internal investigation, Amazon decided to part ways with Tambor.
“I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me,” Tambor said in a statement to Deadline. “I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow castmates.”
“In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have never been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon,” he added. “Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set. As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself. I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak.”
It’s not clear how the show’s upcoming fifth season will address Tambor’s absence, or what future the series has with the removal of its lead character.
“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,” said Transparent creator Jill Soloway.