Jeffrey Tambor Exits 'Transparent' After Allegations of Sexual Harassment

Two-time Emmy Award-winning actor hinted he may be contemplating leaivng the award-winning Amazon series

With Amazon changing its focus from character-driven shows such as "Transparent" to mass-appeal franchises such as the announced "Lord of the Rings" series, there can be little doubt the Jeff Bezos company, which has already seen the resignation of Amazon Studios head Roy Price over sexual harassment charges, will want to be associated with the show.

"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", he continued.

In a statement Sunday, Tambor said, "Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don't see how I can return to 'Transparent'".

Tambor, who is Jewish, played the transgender head of a dysfunctional Jewish family in the series.

Two women have come forward over the past few weeks to accuse Tambor of sexual harassment, including "Transparent" actress Trace Lysette and his former assistant, who Tambor said was disgruntled.

After that accusation became public, Lysette tweeted that Tambor physically pushed himself on her while on set.

No final decision about next season has been made by Tambor or Amazon, according to a source close to the show.

Another sign the show was losing steam: "Transparent", a consistent Emmy darling for its first three seasons, failed to pick up an Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Series for Season 4.

Early in November, Amazon confirmed that it had launched an investigation into Tambor after his former assistant, Van Barnes, alleged in a private Facebook post that a former boss had sexually harassed, propositioned and groped her.

"I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with". When asked about the scandal at a Vulture Fest panel in L.A. on Saturday, Soloway said she was unable to comment.

Amazon on Sunday declined to comment.



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