Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor has been fired by Amazon following an internal investigation.
In November, transgender actresses Van Barnes and Trace Lysette came forward with allegations of harassment against Tambor. Tambor issued a statement of apology soon afterwards, saying he was “deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive.”
He added, “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.”
Amazon confirmed that Tambor is not coming back and that the harassment investigation was concluded. No results of the investigation were unveiled, but Deadline suggests Tambor’s behaviour “could not be justified or excused under scrutiny.”
“I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires,” creator Jill Soloway said.
“We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community,” she added. “We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family.”
It remains unclear how plotlines of Season 5 will proceed without its star, or whether it will be the final season.
Transparent airs in Australia on Stan.