Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Jeffrey Tambor Resigns From 'Transparent' After Accusations Of Sexual Misconduct

160924-news-transparent-maura-jeffrey-tambor Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman in"Transparent. Amazon Studios
Nicole Thomas | 21 November, 2017, 04:09

Lysette said Tambor had made lewd remarks to her repeatedly and had been "physical" with her at least once.

On Sunday, he announced that he is leaving the Amazon series. Indeed one of the show's trans writers, Our Lady J, suggested there was tension around this issue when she backed Tambor's accuser while saying, 'we can not let trans content be taken down by a single cis man'.

The fourth season debuted in September.

The news caught Amazon Studios as well as Transparent creator and showrunner Jill Soloway by surprise, as his departure was not run through either of them.

Representatives for Amazon did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.

In responding to Lysette's claims, Tambor acknowledged that he could be "volatile and ill tempered" and hard to work with, but strongly denied accusations of sexual misconduct. He has strenuously denied the allegations. The streaming outlet parted ways with head Roy Price after The Man in the High Castle executive producer Isa Dick Hackett went public with her sexual harassment allegations against the company's top ranking scripted exec. Amazon Studios went on to cut ties with head of drama and comedy Joe Lewis after conflict-of-interest allegations, and Price's close friend and head of unscripted Conrad Riggs also departed.

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This moment has been praised as long-due, and it has come with some business consequences. Tambor now joins Louis C.K.

Spacey was first accused of sexual assault by actor Anthony Rapp, who told BuzzFeed about an encounter with Spacey at a party in 1986, during which Spacey made an alleged sexual advance toward the then 14-year-old Rapp.

Although we should mention, prior to the dropping of the unsavory claims, Jeffrey's option for season five had yet to be picked up. One source told Variety that internally there is "momentum" to continue without Jeffrey Tambor. In addition, he won the Golden Globe for this role in 2015, the Screen Actors Guild Award in 2016, and two consecutive Critics' Choice Awards in 2015 and 2016.

"My back was against the wall in a corner as Jeffrey approached me", Lysette said in her statement Thursday.

Still, Tambor has yet to officially quit the show. The actor's performance as a scheming politician in House of Cards is considered to be a defining factor in establishing the SVOD service as a major player in the original content business, just as Tambor's has done for Amazon Prime Video. "There would be a backlash unlike anything", said the transgender actress and activist.

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