Just weeks after Amazon launched an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against the star of its Emmy-winning show Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor has told Deadline that he is not returning next season.
In a statement to the publication, Tambor said that while he was privileged to take part in the show, recent events have made it clear that it “is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago.”
On November 8th, Deadline reported that Amazon had begun an investigation after a former assistant came forward with allegations, which he called “baseless,” while days later, another actress alleged that the actor made unwanted sexual comments and advances towards her. The departure is another high-profile exit from Amazon Studios, which saw its studio head Roy Price resign after allegations of sexual harassment.
Transparent is not presently in production for its fifth season, and following the allegations against Tambor, there were reports that the show’s writers were looking at ways to continue the show without his character. Tambor’s departure is similar to Kevin Spacey’s recent firing from his show House of Cards, which has prompted a last-minute fix to continue the show without him.