While it seemed from a statement last month that embattled Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor was leaving Transparent, that isn't the case anymore. The actor revealed on November 19 that he apologized if any of his actions were aggressive or unwanted, and, "given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don't see how I can return to Transparent." However, a new report today from The New York Times reveals a representative for the actor revealed he has no plans to quit the series. Here's the new statement from the actor's representative below.
"What he said 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. But no final decision for next year has been made, either by Jeffrey or by Amazon."
Jeffrey Tambor's statement came just two days after Transparent co-star Trace Lysette accused the actor of sexual harassment. The transgender actress was the second to come forward against Jeffrey Tambor that month, after the actor's former assistant, Van Barnes accused the actor of sexual harassment. This spawned Amazon Studios to launch an investigation, and while nothing had been officially announced by Amazon, most thought Jeffrey Tambor's statement on November 19 meant the show was moving on without its main star, which may not be the case now.
Transparent creator Jill Solloway revealed that she was cooperating with the investigation and just a day before Jeffrey Tambor's November 19 statement, a report claimed that Jill Solloway and the Transparent writers were planning to kill off Jeffrey Tambor's Maura. While that was never confirmed by the studio or the creator, it is exactly the same scenario that the House of Cards writers are trying to work through after Netflix fired Kevin Spacey following a rash of sexual misconduct accusations against him. The report claimed Jill Solloway was "fighting to save the show from cancellation," after the second allegation of sexual misconduct surfaced.
Transparent has not yet officially been renewed for Season 5 on Amazon yet, which had a different sexual misconduct ordeal just before the Jeffrey Tambor allegations surfaced, which lead to the resignation of Roy Price, former president of Amazon Studios. While it seems the investigation is still ongoing into the sexual misconduct of Jeffrey Tambor, it remains to be seen when the fate of the show, and its star, will be official. You can take a look at the full report over at the New York Times.