The next season of Transparent might look very different.
Deadline is reporting that the writers on the Emmy-winning Amazon series are considering a fifth season of Transparent without Jeffrey Tambor, in light of the sexual harassment allegations made against the actor.
The series’ writing team were already working on storylines for the new season when Amazon launched an investigation into the claims earlier this month.
As previously reported on NewNowNext, Van Barnes, a former assistant for Tambor, says the actor sexually harassed her while she worked for him. Barnes, who is transgender, has appeared on I Am Cait and the Amazon miniseries This Is Me, as well as on an episode of Transparent.
Tambor told Deadline he was aware a “former disgruntled assistant” made allegations against him in a private Facebook post.
“I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with,” Tambor said. “I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation.”
On her LinkedIn page, Barnes says she began working for Tambor in 2014 and that their professional relationship ended in 2017.
“Anything that would diminish the level of respect, safety and inclusion so fundamental to our workplace is completely antithetical to our principles,” said Transparent creator Jill Soloway. “We are cooperating with the investigation into this matter.”
It sounds like Amazon is going through the same troubles that are plaguing the current production of the new season of House of Cards as that seris’ team tries to figure out how to continue production without its lead, Kevin Spacey.
Tambor won two Emmys in 2015 and 2016 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on the Amazon flagship series.
If Maura Pfefferman is absent from the fifth season what will Transparent look like without the trans parent?