After months of speculation, Amazon's Transparent officially fired Jeffrey Tambor from the show. The streaming service conducted an extensive investigation into a series of sexual misconduct allegations against the actor. Once allegations surfaced, which were brought forth by the actor's former assistant, Van Barnes, and Transparent star Trace Lysette, a transgender actress who played yoga instructor Shea on the series, the future of the show was left in doubt. Even although Amazon had already renewed Transparent for a fifth season. Today a new report claims that the show will likely return at some point in 2019, while Van Barnes speaks out about Jeffrey Tambor on the Today morning talk show.
This new report reveals that production on Transparent Season 5 has been pushed back to late 2018, possibly in December, making it impossible for the new season to debut this year. Production had previously been slated for earlier in 2018, with the new season set to air before the end of the year. But that was before the sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Jeffrey Tambor. There is no indication about how much the episodes for Season 5 will have to be re-written by series creator Jill Solloway and her team, which includes Jill Gordon, who takes over as the new showrunner in Season 5.
There is also no indication as to how the show will carry on without Jeffrey Tambor, or if the show plans on re-casting the iconic Maura Pfefferman role, or write out the character entirely. While the rest of the Pfefferman family, played by Judith Light (Shelly Pfefferman), Amy Landecker (Sarah Pfefferman), Jay Duplass (Josh Pfefferman) and Gaby Hoffman (Ali Pfefferman) each had their own unique story arcs, Tambor's Maura Pfefferman was undoubtedly the center of the series. Earlier today, Tambor's first accuser, Van Barnes, appeared on the Today show, where she offered new details to host Megyn Kelly, revealing that Tambor watched her while she slept, during a two-week period where they both lived together when they were just starting to work together.
"At one point, I said, 'I'm not comfortable with my body. I can't share myself. I can't do that.' This is after I've already said I'm married 100 times. One time, I said, 'I'm not comfortable with my body,' and he said, 'I'm comfortable with your body.' We were driving in the car, on our way to location, and I looked at him and said, 'What do you mean you're comfortable with my body?' And he said, 'Well, I've seen you naked.' I said, 'Well, when did you see me naked?' When we first started working together, we had lived together for like two weeks, it was under the guise that he needed a place to stay, which, looking back, is like very suspicious. He said that, in the middle of the night, he actually watched me sleep and I said, 'You did? What did I look like?' He said, 'Well, you were naked,' and I was still thinking, 'Is he joking me about this?' I said, 'Well, what did I look like?" and he said, 'Well, you sleep with one arm over your head.' That's violating. It's so creepy. This is a man I put my trust in."
Van Barnes added that it wasn't "just" that Jeffrey Tambor got fired, but added that they haven't, "completed the process of helping me get back on my feet." It also isn't clear if this will ultimately be the final season of Transparent, but perhaps we'll learn more once production starts later this year. It also hasn't been announced if this will affect fifth season of Arrested Development, which recently wrapped shooting. You can head over to The Hollywood Reporter for their full report on Transparent Season 5, and you can take a look at Van Barnes' full interview on Today below.