Following the news from earlier today that Jeffrey Tambor has been ficially cut from Amazon’s Transparent series, the actor provided a comment to Deadline expressing his dissatisfaction with the handling sexual harassment accusations made against him by trans actresses Van Barnes and Trace Lysette. “I am proundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling these false accusations against me,” Tambor said. “I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization me as someone who would ever cause harm to any my fellow cast mates.”
It was originally reported that the actor was leaving Transparent back in November, after the accusations first surfaced. Tambor then walked back comments he made at the time (he said, “I don’t see how I can return to Transparent”), with his publicist saying that no final decision had been made regarding his continued employment on the show. In the meantime, Amazon had started its own investigation into the accusations made by Barnes and Lysette, and today, Tambor expressed in his statement that he lacks faith in that investigative process.
In response to the news Tambor’s dismissal from the series, Transparent creator Jill Soloway said in a statement to Vulture that, “We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family.”