Transparent Ending After Season 5 Without Jeffrey Tambor, Says Creator

Joann Johnston
May 8, 2018

That's the weird thing about this profile, Tambor openly acknowledges being a "difficult" actor or being tough to work with on set, but he never, ever really comes to terms with some of the more serious accusations and reports that allegedly occurred on the set of Transparent.

Amazon fired Tambor from its Emmy-winning original series in February following misconduct allegations against him by his former personal assistant Van Barnes, as well as Transparent guest star Trace Lysette.

A few minutes later, Lysette said, Tambor "waddled over to me in his pajamas and put his feet on top of mine, and started these little, like, thrusts on my hip". I was hard [on set]. I was mean. I yelled at Jill [Soloway, "Transparent" creator] - she told me recently she was afraid of me. She said that she was forced to listen to porn at a high volume as well as endure comments that implied, "I should be sleeping with him if I want a Hollywood industry appropriate pay grade". And I apologized and everything, but still, I yelled at her. He furthermore admitted that he yelled at the show's female executive producer and was "rude" to his assistant.

"I was scared because I was a cisgender male playing Maura Pfefferman", he continued. "Sometimes I didn't talk at all".

For whatever reasons, Soloway came to see Tambor as a liability and fired him.

Tambor now says that in hindsight, it had been unwise to stay with the two women while he waited for his own rental to be ready but said the bit abound watching Barnes sleep naked was "completely fabricated".

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Tambor won back-to-back Emmys for his performance of trans woman Maura Pfefferman, but from the start the show was criticized by trans activists for the casting of a cisgender (a person whose gender identity corresponds with their birth sex) man instead of a trans woman.

Transparent is headed into its fifth season without Tambor as the show's matriarch, although, prior to Amazon's decision that the lead would not return to the show, Jill Soloway batted around the idea of Tambor playing Maura in flashbacks prior to transitioning, according to THR.

For her part, Jill Soloway told The Hollywood Reporter that "it's not a simple case of did he do it or didn't he do it".

Jay Duplass, who plays Maura's son Josh, told USA TODAY, "It's been a very traumatic experience, you know, sort of experiencing the somewhat implosion of our family". A source confirmed the e-mail's contents to T.H.R, and Faith Soloway confirmed having sent it, telling T.H.R., "In the moment I felt that Jill and Jeffrey were under attack". You are fucking fantastic. "You have changed the world. We will get through this".

After what he called "one of the top-five hard phone calls of my life", Tambor agreed to Soloway's suggestion that he would only appear in flashbacks as Mort Pfefferman, Maura's former identity, provided he was cleared by the Amazon probe. "I was hoping to get him there". I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. They go on a bear hunt and they say, 'Uh-oh, there's mud! "But part of me was like, 'OK, maybe he just thinks of me as a daughter figure or something'". "You have to be very, very careful if you're a person in power and treat people very appropriately".

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