Jeffrey Tambor Is Really Unhappy With Amazon And Jill Soloway Decision To Cut Him From “Transparent”
After several months spent investigating the sexual harassment allegations against Jeffrey Tambor, a rep for Transparent confirmed what we all kind of expected would happen: that they’re letting him go. Jeffrey Tambor has responded to his firing, and he’s got a lot to say.
Variety says that Jeffrey spoke out yesterday after the news broke that he’d been canned from the series and wouldn’t be appearing the the fifth season. He is a specific kind of pissed, and he definitely didn’t hold back from naming names. He denied the allegations made by his former assistant Van Barnes and Transparent actress Trace Lysette (he has previously apologized if he made anyone feel bad, but denied being a predator). Then he took a swipe at both Amazon and Transparent creator Jill Soloway by implying that investigation wasn’t a fair one and that Jill made him out to be a grab-assy old man pervert.
“I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me. I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates. In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set.
As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself. I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak.”
I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Jill is probably deleting the name Tambor, Jeffrey from her contacts list. Especially considering the tone of the statement she released yesterday regarding the decision to move on without him.
“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. 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. 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.”
Because of Jeffrey’s statement, there is no way the fifth season of Transparent isn’t going to open with a casket or an urn engraved with the word “Moppa.” I know Jeffrey still doesn’t really think he did anything wrong, but maybe he can try to prevent this situation happening again at his next job by reminding himself of the universal boundary rule he learned from a previous show.