Jeffrey Tambor denies quitting Transparent in the wake of sexual harassment claims

Jeffrey Tambor denies quitting Transparent in the wake of sexual harassment claims

Jeffrey Tambor is walking back the suggestion that he was quitting his Emmy-winning show Transparent over sexual misconduct claims.

The actor said last month that he didn’t see how he could return to shoot the upcoming season, after being accused of harassing co-star Trace Lysette and former assistant Van Barnes.

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Amazon is currently conducting an internal investigation into the accusations that Tambor is facing, but the actor has now stressed that a final decision about his future on Transparent hasn’t been made.

Jeffrey Tambor at Elton John's AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party

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“What he said [previously] was that given the toxic atmosphere and the politicization on the set, it’s very hard for him to see how he can possibly return,” a spokesperson for the actor has told the New York Times.

“But no final decision for next year has been made, either by Jeffrey or by Amazon.”

Transparent showrunner Jill Soloway would only say: “I take what Van Barnes and Trace Lysette are saying very seriously.”

There were reports in November that Transparent‘s writers were considering killing off Tambor’s character Maura Pfefferman in upcoming episodes and potentially reimagining the show with a new name.

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For his part, Tambor has denied ever crossing sexual boundaries in his interactions with Transparent co-star Trace Lysette, who plays Shea, or his former assistant Van Barnes.

Of Barnes’ accusations, he said: “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. I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation.”

The actor later said that Lysette’s allegations of on-set harassment were “behavior that any civilized person would condemn unreservedly”, but insisted that he had “never been a predator”.

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