AceShowbiz - Jeffrey Tambor is not happy with Amazon's decision to fire him from "Transparent" over sexual harassment accusations against him. Just hours after the network announced that Tambor wouldn't be returning for the fifth season, the Emmy-winning actor took aim at both Amazon and series creator Jill Soloway.
"I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon's handling of these false accusations against me," Tambor said on Thursday, February 15. "I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway's unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates."
The Golden Globe Award winner continued dubbing the sexual harassment investigation conducted by Amazon against him "deeply flawed" and "biased." He said, "In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set."
"As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself," Tambor added. "I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak."
Earlier that day, Amazon's spokesman Craig Berman confirmed in an email that the investigation had concluded, adding that "Jeffrey will not be back for season 5."
Soloway, meanwhile, 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."
The series creator went on saying, "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. 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."