After being accused of sexual misconduct by a former assistant and a co-star last month, Jeffrey Tambor indicated he was leaving Transparent.
“This is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago,” the Emmy winner said in a statement to Deadline. “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”
In November, Van Barnes accused Tambor of groping her and making lewd comments while she was his assistant, prompting Amazon to launch an investigation. Days later, Transparent co-star Trace Lysette claimed Tambor also made inappropriate comments to her and once cornered her on set, pressing his crotch against her leg.
Tambor denied both women’s claims, insisting that while “I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with… I have never been a predator—ever.”
“I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive,” he added, “but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue.”
Transparent creator Jill Soloway was even reportedly working with the show’s writers on crafting a fifth season without Tambor.
But now it appears that may be a bit premature: A representative for Tambor told the New York Times he has no plans to leave the show.
Neither Tambor nor Amazon have issued a public statement about his fate on the acclaimed series.
A fifth season of Arrested Development, starring Tambor as philandering patriarch George Bluth Sr., is still on target for a 2018 release on Netflix.