Another hit show has lost its leading man due to sexual harassment allegations. This time it’s the critically acclaimed Hulu series, Transparent. Jeffrey Tambor announced he’s leaving the dramedy ahead of its upcoming fifth season.
The 73-year-old actor issued a statement, citing the politicized climate on set as the reason why. He maintains he never deliberately harassed anyone. For playing Maura, Tambor has won two Emmys, a Golden Globe and a SAG. Read his full statement below.
“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” Tambor said in the statement. “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.”
It’ll be interesting to see if Tambour’s scandal will affect his status on the second season of Netflix’s revival of Arrested Development. When it came to Kevin Spacey, Netflix took a hard stance and announced it would take no part in House Of Cards if Spacey continued on the show.
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