Following an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Transparent actor Jeffrey Tambor, Amazon Studios confirmed on Thursday that he will not be returning to the show for its fifth season.
The official word from Amazon comes several months after the Emmy-winning actor, who played trans woman Maura Pfefferman, faced accusations of sexual harassment from two transgender women—Transparent cast member Trace Lysette and his former assistant Van Barnes. When the allegations were first reported, Tambor told Deadline:
I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted as 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.
At the time, Tambor never explicitly said he was leaving the show, and a subtle distinction exists between “I quit” and “I don’t see how I can return.” Now the distinction is moot. Even if Tambor wanted to return, it appears that the studio wouldn’t allow it.
“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,” creator Jill Soloway said Thursday in a statement. “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.”