Jeffery Tambor Says He's Not Quitting Transparent After All

A final decision about the actor's future with the series has not yet been determined as Amazon Studios continues to investigate harassment claims around its star

Jennifer Clasen

Deadline reports that before the first claims were made, Tambor's option for season five had not been picked up. Tambor, who previously said that "I don't see how I can return to Transparent", has "no plans to quit" the Amazon series according to a statement his representative gave to the New York Times.

ET reached out to Tambor's rep for clarification.

"This is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago", the Emmy victor said in a statement to Deadline. (Allegations by many other men have been reported since.) And when a New York Times investigation revealed multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by the comedian Louis C.K., a distributor canceled the premiere of his movie "I Love You, Daddy", and FX and other networks broke ties with him.

It will come as a surprise to many that Tambor intends to continue playing the transgender character, Maura Pfefferman, after he told the world last month he could not see himself returning to set amid sexual harassment allegations.

Tambor's exit from the show had been rumored since the first sexual harassment claim was made against him from former assistant and actress Van Barnes.

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In a statement, the Emmy-winning actor "adamantly and vehemently" denied any wrongdoing, and called Barnes "disgruntled".

"I've already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive", he added, "but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue".

"My back was against the wall in a corner as Jeffrey approached me", Ms. Lysette said in her statement on Thursday. Amazon is now conducting an investigation into the allegations, but, according to the Times, the show writers are now working on the next season, which was renewed in August.

The NYT article alleges that the uncertainty around Tambor's position on the show is unsurprisingly causing a great deal of drama on how they will proceed.

Tambor has won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for his work on the Amazon series.

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