Jeffrey Tambor Exits 'Transparent' Amidst Sexual Harassment Allegations

Jeffrey Tambor has left Transparent. Following a two week period which saw Tambor being accused by his former assistant, Van Barnes, and Transparent actress Trace Lysette, for sexual harassment. Tambor adamantly denies both allegations, but in the midst of Amazon's investigation, the actor has decided to leave the show on his own accord. In doing so, he released this statement:

“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life. 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 by anyone 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."

Tambor has won two Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy awards for his performance as Maura Pfefferman, which Transparent is centered around. It's unclear where the series might go from here, but wherever it goes it won't feature Tambor.

It is not yet known what impact, if any, this will have on the currently in-production fifth season of Arrested Development, in which Tambor is also starring.