A representative for Jeffrey Tambor has revealed the actor still hasn’t decided whether or not to exit hit show Transparent amid his sexual harassment scandal.
The program’s award-winning star has been accused of misconduct by a former assistant and a transgender co-star, and last month (Nov17), he released a statement suggesting the drama had forced him to rethink his role.
“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” he said. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago.
“I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”
But now his rep tells the New York Times, Jeffrey has no current plans to quit Transparent.
“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,” the publicist says. “But no final decision for next year has been made.”
Tambor’s nightmare began at the beginning of November (17), when his former assistant accused him of sexual harassment.
He denied the claims, stating: “I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with.”
Production bosses are conducting an investigation into the assistant’s claims, and those made against Tambor by Transparent castmate Trace Lysette, who released a statement in mid-November accusing the actor of acting inappropriately towards her.