Back in February, Amazon let it be known that there would no longer be a reserved spot in their parking lot for Jeffrey Tambor after completing an investigation into allegations that he harassed several women on the set of Transparent. Amazon and Transparent co-creator Jill Soloway clearly didn’t want anything else to do with Jeffrey. Netflix, on the other hand, doesn’t share the same feelings. A spokesperson for Netflix confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Jeffrey will be appear in the fifth season of Arrested Development.
The fifth season (the second on Netflix) wrapped production in November, around the time the allegations against Jeffrey Tambor first came out. Netflix isn’t planning on editing him out. They don’t say when the fifth season of Arrested Development is debuting, but series creator Mitch Hurwitz said earlier this week that it’s happening “very soon.“.
It’s maybe a little surprising that Netflix is keeping Jeffrey in. Netflix was quick to cut Kevin Spacey loose after his allegations came out, and Danny Masterson was written off The Ranch just as fast. Netflix didn’t elaborate on why Jeffrey got to stay. It might have had something to do with all the support from some members of the Arrested Development cast. Back in February, David Cross addressed the situation, saying:
“I can’t speak for everybody, but I know there are a number of us who stand behind him – from the limited amount we know, we stand behind Jeffrey – and I am one of them.”
While Jason Bateman had said:
“I love Jeffrey. I always will. I can’t go further than that, but I will always love that man.”
Alia Shawkat, on the other hand, spoke more about those who had spoken up about Jeffrey’s alleged behavior:
“It’s not about sharing my personal opinion of him. What those victims said needs to be heard just as much.”
To be honest, I wasn’t totally sure Jeffrey would be back for the fifth season, what with Amazon dropping him so fast. But I guess this is good news for Arrested Development fans and bad news for anyone who was hoping to see Christopher Plummer in an orange jumpsuit, purring, “There’s always money in the banana stand, Michael.”