As you surely saw, Jeffrey Tambor was given his official pink slip from Amazon‘s Transparent after the studio conducted an internal investigation into claims of sexual misconduct. Well, clearly, the Arrested Development actor does NOT agree with the ruling as he’s since put the show’s creator, Jill Soloway, and the Jeff Bezos-run company on blast.
In a new statement, the 73-year-old industry vet noted:
“I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me. I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates.”
In case you missed it, Soloway sided with complainants Van Barnes and Trace Lysette amid this controversy. In fact, in her statement about the firing, the 52-year-old said she had “great respect and admiration” for both of the women.
Despite Amazon’s ruling that Tambor’s behavior “could not be justified or excused under scrutiny,” the Emmy winner maintained his innocence. He continued:
“In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set. As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself. I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak.”
Still, Jeffrey had to of known this was coming, right?? We mean, back in November, Tambor seemingly announced his exit from the groundbreaking series. He later walked back the comments, but it appears the damage was already done.
Currently, it’s unclear if Transparent‘s fifth season will be its last. Reports have claimed that the show’s writers have been working on storylines that do not include Tambor’s character.
It’ll be inneresting to see if the show lasts without its star…
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