In light of current accusations of sexual harrassment on the set of the transgender comedy drama Transparent leveled against him, actor Jeffrey Tambor has elected to quit the series. Tambor had gained a massive amount of critical acclaim for his performance as transgendered woman Maura Pfefferman including two Emmy wins.
Tambor said in a statement “playing Maura Pfefferman on “Transparent” has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life. What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago.”
“For the past four years, I’ve had the huge privilege — and huge responsibility — of playing Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman, in a show that I know has had an enormous, positive impact on a community that has been too long dismissed and misunderstood. Now I find myself accused of behavior that any civilized person would condemn unreservedly. I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact.”
“But I have never been a predator — ever. I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express.”
For the past week there have been calls for Tambor to resign from the series, including from series writer Our Lady J. It’s unclear the direction the show will now take or if indeed it will continue.