Two women who work on Transparent (Jeffrey Tambor’s former assistant Van Barnes and actress Trace Lysette) recently came forward accusing him of being gross and inappropriate with them on set. Jeffrey has also since been accused by a makeup artist of sexually harassing her on a movie set back in 2001.
Jeffrey first released a statement denying any predatory behavior (he simply apologized for possibly being a difficult asshole on set), then released a second statement saying he didn’t see a way for him to return to such a “politicized” set. Everyone took that as Jeffrey’s way of announcing that Jill Soloway had told him to pack up and leave his wig and muumuus with security on his way out. As it turns out, Jeffrey hasn’t left the show yet.
The New York Times says that while Amazon is investigating the claims made against Jeffrey Tambor, nobody really knows what is happening with the show. Deadline says that Amazon still hasn’t picked up Jeffrey’s contract option for the fifth season. Although options for his co-stars Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass, Judith Light, and Amy Landecker have reportedly been picked up. A rep for Jeffrey says that no final decision has been reached by Amazon, and that he has no plans on quitting the show.
Amazon’s decision is also delayed due to a switch-up in investigators. They reportedly got a new investigator after losing their original one, but due to scheduling conflicts, they couldn’t continue until after Thanksgiving.
Deadline seems to think that one possible outcome is that Jeffrey’s character Maura Pfefferman might make a minor appearance in the fifth season. But they also believe there’s a slim chance of that happening.
When Jeffrey talked about how the set had become “politicized,” what he might have meant was that the happy family dynamic on set had been compromised. The Times says that cast and crew on Transparent sometimes referred to the set as a “wonderful cult.” Well that’s a bummer. I thought that there were still some good cults out there. And yet, apparently even the most wonderful cults aren’t immune to a charismatic male leader who eventually gets busted for repeatedly creeping on women.