Jeffrey Tambor will not be returning to Amazon original series “Transparent,” according to a report from Deadline. The actor is leaving the Emmy-winning show after two members of his team accused him of sexual misconduct. He vehemently denies the allegations.
Tambor plays Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman at the center of the “Transparent” series. He told Deadline he didn’t believe he had a choice in leaving, “given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set.”
Deadline claims that the showrunners were already considering writing Tambor out of the series when the allegations surfaced.
This isn’t the first time Amazon has been swept up in the tide of sexual abuse stories that have surfaced in the weeks following a seismic New York Times exposé on Harvey Weinstein. Last month Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigned from the company after an executive producer on “The Man in the High Castle” went public with details of a sexual harassment claim she had previously made against him.
Transparent won Amazon its first-ever Golden Globe and helped the company’s video studio land a handful of Emmys over its first three seasons. The show’s fourth season premiered on the Amazon Prime video streaming service Sept. 22. A fifth season of the show has not been officially announced but is expected.