Say goodbye to Maura Pfefferman. Variety reports Jeffrey Tambor’s exit from the fifth season of the Transparent TV show on Amazon is now official. As early as November 2017, after news broke about sexual harassment allegations against Tambor, there were stories circulating that he would be written out. Later that month, Tambor announced his intention to leave the dark dramedy.
An Amazon original, the first four seasons of Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, and Jay Duplass. After some false starts, patriarch Mort Pfefferman (Tambor) comes out to her family as Maura — a transgender woman. Maura’s honesty prompts the revelation of other long-held family secrets.
Here’s more, from Variety:
The actor was accused of sexual harassment by his former personal assistant, a trans woman named Van Barnes, in a private Facebook post on Nov. 8. Later that month, guest star Trace Lysette came forward with further alleged instances of inappropriate behavior.
Tambor issued a statement Nov. 19 saying, “Playing Maura Pfefferman on ‘Transparent’ has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life. What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago. I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to ‘Transparent.’”
But his spokesperson issued a statement the following month saying, “What he said was that given the toxic atmosphere and the politicization on the set, it’s very hard for him to see how he can possibly return. But no final decision for next year has been made, either by Jeffrey or by Amazon.”
A representative for Amazon confirmed Tambor’s exit from the series Thursday but declined to comment further.
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