AceShowbiz - Jeffrey Tambor is officially not returning for season 5 of Amazon's series "Transparent". The Emmy-winning actor, who played Maura Pfefferman on the series, has been officially fired in the wake of an investigation of sexual harassment allegations against him.
"I can confirm the investigation has concluded. I can also confirm Jeffrey will not be back for season 5," the network's spokesman Craig Berman revealed in an email on Thursday, February 15.
Co-creator and co-writer Jill Soloway added in a separate statement, "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," Soloway continued. "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."
Tambor was accused by his former assistant Barnes of behaving in a sexually inappropriate manner toward her. Responding to the allegations, the 73-year-old actor previously said in a statement, "I am aware that a former disgruntled assistant of mine has made a private post implying that I had acted in an improper manner toward her," adding, "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. I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation."
Later, Lysette, who portrays yoga instructor Shea on "Transparent", came forward with similar accusation against Tambor. According to Lysette, Tambor rubbed his body against her after filming a scene. Makeup artist Tamara Delbridge, meanwhile, alleged that the Golden Globe winner forcibly kissed her on the set of 2001's "Never Again".