The writers for Transparent, Amazon’s groundbreaking dramatic series about an elderly trans woman and her dysfunctional family, are reportedly working on writing lead actor Jeffrey Tambor and his character out of Season 5 following allegations of sexual harassment made against Tambor.
According to Deadline, the writers on the award-winning series were working on Season 5 when word got out that Tambor is being investigated by the network after claims of sexual harassment against him. While no official word on that investigation has been made public by Amazon, it seems the writers are taking precautions just in case.
The 73-year-old actor’s former assistant, a transgender woman named Van Barnes, made claims in a private Facebook post that detailed inappropriate behavior that Tambor allegedly engaged in while she worked with him. It hasn’t been revealed what Tambor is accused of doing in particular; Barnes’ Facebook post merely says he “acted inappropriately.”
“I am aware that a former disgruntled assistant of mine has made a private post implying that I had acted in an improper manner toward her,” Tambor said in a statement. “I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other persons I have ever worked with.”
This is something the writers on Netflix’s House Of Cards already are grappling with as the streaming network cut ties with star Kevin Spacey, the actor accused of multiple accounts of sexual misconduct. Production on the series was shut down while the writers and producers decided whether they can redraw Season 6 without Spacey’s important character.
CBS has to make a back-order decision shortly on freshman drama Wisdom of the Crowd, which is being complicated by sexual harassment accusations against the show’s star Jeremy Piven.
So far, it’s unclear if Amazon will need to present Transparent moving forward without Jeffrey Tambor, and he’s currently on board until any official announcement has been made.