It looks like Jeffrey Tambor's run on the hit series Transparent may be over. In recent years, Transparent has been a flagship show for Amazon and has earned their streaming service awards recognition, largely thanks to Tambor's performance as Maura. However, amid sexual misconduct allegations, it looks like Amazon is prepared to axe Jeffrey Tambor and kill off his character in Transparent season 5. Considering that the show has largely leaned on the 73-year-old actor's performance, that's very significant.
Work has already begun on the fifth season of Transparent, which was expected to debut in late 2018. However, things became uncertain as transgender actress Van Barnes, who was working as Jeffrey Tambor's assistant, accused him of sexual misconduct. Things escalated when a second allegation from Trace Lysette, another transgender actress who works on Transparent also accused Tambor of harassment. Here's what a new report has to say about the current situation.
"Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that creator Jill Soloway and the writers are fighting to save the show from cancellation after a second allegation, from Transparent co-star Trace Lysette, was made public. Amazon Studios had begun an internal investigation into Tambor after his former assistant, transgender actress Van Barnes, accused the Emmy-winning actor of behaving in a sexually inappropriate manner."
Ever since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, Hollywood has been cracking down and an ever-growing number of men and women are coming forward with tales of harassment. Trace Lysette says of her encounter with Tambor that he "came in close, put his bare feet on top of mine so I could not move, leaned his body against me, and began quick, discreet thrust back and forth against my body. I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas." Amazon is conducting their own investigation into the claims and Tambor has not been charged with a crime, but the controversy surrounding the situation may be too much to overcome. That is, unless they kill off Maura, which seems to be on the table.
Jill Soloway is reportedly asking Amazon for "the right amount of time to creatively write Maura out of the show, possibly with a death." Transparent runs the risk of being canceled altogether if Amazon and the creative team can't find a way to move forward without Maura. Just as Netflix has cut all ties with Kevin Spacey following harassment allegations made against him, it looks like Amazon may do the same with Jeffrey Tambor.
Speaking of Netflix, the streaming service is currently working on Arrested Development season 5, which also stars Jeffrey Tambor. There's no word yet on if this will have any bearing on that show as well, but Netflix has taken a strong stand in these matters. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Amazon has yet to comment on the matter officially, so we'll have to wait and see how this all shakes out. Either way, it looks like Jeffrey Tambor's days are numbered on Transparent.