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Jeffrey Tambor leaving ‘Transparent’ in wake of sexual-harassment allegations

By in Press Enterprise on November 20, 2017

By City News Service In the wake of two sexual-harassment allegations, “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor referenced what he calls a “politicized atmosphere” that has afflicted the set and said that this is “no longer the job I signed up for four years ago.” (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES — Actor Jeffrey Tambor is apparently leaving his award-winning role on the Amazon Studios TV series “Transparent” in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, according to multiple reports.

“Playing Maura Pfefferman on ‘Transparent’ has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” Tambor wrote in a statement provided to Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and other media outlets on Sunday.”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 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’.”

The actor has been accused of inappropriate behavior by transgender cast member Trace Lysette, and by Tambor’s former assistant Van Barnes, who also is transgender.

There had been earlier reports that series creator Jill Soloway was considering ways in which the show, which was renewed for a fifth season expected to start filming next year, might move on without Tambor.

Tambor received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August of this year. He received Emmys for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series in 2015 and 2016 for his portrayal of retired college professor Mort Pfefferman, who comes out as transgender, on “Transparent.”

Tambor also received four supporting actor in a comedy series Emmy nominations for his portrayal of […]    

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