Jeffrey Tambor officially gets the boot from Amazon series Transparent after the studio completed investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against the actor by several women.
Amazon Studios and Transparent creator Jill Soloway confirmed that Tambor, the lead actor of the entire run of the series so far, is not going back for the next season, according to Deadline.
The actor won two Emmy awards for his groundbreaking role of 70-year-old transgender Maura Pfefferman.
Back in November, Tambor's costar Trace Lysette accused him of sexual misconduct while the cast was shooting the second season of the show. The transgender actress posted her complete statement on Twitter, speaking up about an incident that included the actor grinding on Lysette on set. She also said there were "multiple uncomfortable experiences with Jeffrey."
My full statement #MeToo pic.twitter.com/V4CHpvEMpZ — Trace Lysette (@tracelysette) November 17, 2017
The allegations came just weeks after the actor's former assistant Van Barnes also came forward to accuse the actor of misconduct.
Former makeup assistant Tamara Delbridge also went public with allegations against Tambor, saying he kissed her forcibly during the production of the movie Never Again in 2001.
Tambor spoke up to apologize for inappropriate behavior that may have led to misinterpretation, but also denies the harassment claims. Saying the show's set is already politicized, the actor concluded that he can't see himself returning for another season. While his reps deny that Tambor's words confirmed his exit, his statement did show that he knew that the likelihood of getting fired was considerably high.
Investigation And Conclusion
In response to the allegations, Amazon Studios opened an investigation into Tambor to determine their next steps.
The result of this investigation was kept under wraps, but a source tells Deadline that Tambor's behavior was found to be unjustifiable.
"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," Soloway says. "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."
Next Steps For 'Transparent'
With the primary character of the series gone, Soloway and her team of writers need to figure out the story of the Transparent's fifth season without Maura.
Other core members of the cast have already been renewed for the season including Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Landecker, and Judith Light.