After a lengthy three-month investigation, Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor has been officially removed from the Amazon Studios series. There has been no official word if the upcoming fifth season of Transparent will be its last, but it has been confirmed that Jeffrey Tambor will not be involved in the show's fifth season in any way, shape or form. Amazon did confirm that their investigation has concluded, and while no specifics were released, sources claimed that the actor's behavior, "could not be justified or excused under scrutiny." Here's what Transparent creator Jill Soloway had to say in a statement, applauding Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, who came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Jeffrey Tambor.
"I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires. We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community. We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family."
This ends a very strange saga over the past few months, which started when actress Trace Lysette, who plays Shea on Transparent, accused Jeffrey Tambor of sexual misconduct back in mid-November. The actor denied any wrongdoing, stating that he was not a "predator" while apologizing for any actions that may have been, "misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone." The next week, there were rumors that the series was getting ready to write the character off the show, and a few days later, Jeffrey Tambor issued a statement that seemed to indicate he was leaving the show, although the actor's rep tried to spin the statement by revealing that no final decision had been made.
The statement from the actor's rep that he hadn't been fired from Transparent quite yet came in early December, while the Amazon investigation continued. That investigation was actually put on hold for a few weeks later on in December, when Amazon lost their investigator after more and more allegations were levied against actors and filmmakers throughout the Hollywood studio system. By the end of 2017, Jeffrey Tambor's contract for Season 5 wasn't picked up, although Amazon renewed the contracts for other key Transparent stars such as Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass, Judith Light and Amy Landecker.
Last month, the Transparent writers looked at what they had for the new season, to determine what path they should take, and now with Jeffrey Tambor's exit confirmed, it seems clear they found a way into the season that doesn't involve his Maura Pfefferman character at all. It isn't clear when production may begin on Season 5, or when the series may debut on Amazon. Deadline broke the news about Jeffrey Tambor's now-official exit on Transparent earlier today.