Jeffrey Tambor will not be returning to Transparent following an internal investigation, a spokesperson for Amazon confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday.
Tambor played Maura Pfefferman, the trans matriarch of the family, on Transparent. He won two Emmy awards and a Golden Globe for his portrayal. In November 2017, he was accused of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment by his former assistant Van Barnes and his costar Trace Lysette who plays Shea on the show. Lysette alleged that on set one day Tambor “leaned his body against me, and began quick, discreet thrusts back and forth against my body” during which she could feel “his penis on my hip through his pajamas and I pushed him off me.”
After the claims were made public, Tambor wrote in a statement, “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to ‘Transparent.’” This led many outlets to report that he was leaving the show but in December 2017 a representative for Tambor told The New York Times that he had no plans to quit the show.
Jill Solloway, creator of Transparent, told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement:
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. 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.
It is unclear if Tambor’s firing at Amazon will effect his presence on the upcoming season of Arrested Development which premieres on Netflix. Jezebel has reached out to Netflix for comment and will update this post if they have a statement.