“Transparent” star Jeffery Tambor hasn’t left the role of Maura Pfefferman — at least, not yet, despite telling the world he could not see himself returning to set amid sexual harassment allegations.
Tambor, 73, is currently facing three accusations from colleagues, but the status of the critically acclaimed Amazon series remains in limbo as an investigation into his behavior presses on.
The Emmy winner led many to believe he’d quit the show with a statement released shortly after the first allegations surfaced.
“Playing Maura Pfefferman on ‘Transparent’ has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life. What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago,” he told Deadline. “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to ‘Transparent.’”
Though his intention seemed clear, a representative for Tambor told the New York Times that the actor did not have any plans to quit the show.
“What he said was that given the toxic atmosphere and the politicization on the set, it’s very hard for him to see how he can possibly return. But no final decision for next year has been made, either by Jeffrey or by Amazon,” the rep said.
Tambor has starred as transgender matriarch Pfefferman since 2014. He won Emmys for the role in 2015 and 2016.
Van Barnes, Tambor’s former assistant, accused the actor of “inappropriate behavior” in November. He denied her claims, dismissing them as “baseless.”
He was hit with a second accusation a week later, when Trace Lysette, who plays a transgender yoga instructor on “Transparent,” said Tambor “got physical” with her on set, and pressed his body against hers while thrusting.
“I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas and I pushed him off of me,” she said.
Tambor denied Lysette’s claim as well.
“I have never been a predator — ever. I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
A third woman, makeup artist Tamara Delbridge, came forward Nov. 22 and said Tambor kissed her without consent on the set of the movie “Never Again” in 2001.
Tambor said he did not recall the encounter, but that if he did kiss her, it was simply a good-natured goodbye to wrap up filming.
Representatives for Amazon declined to comment.