February 16, 2018 at 11:06 am PDT | by Mariah Cooper
Amazon fires Jeffrey Tambor from ‘Transparent’

Jeffrey Tambor (Screenshot courtesy of YouTube)

Jeffrey Tambor has officially been dropped from the critically acclaimed Amazon series “Transparent.”

The 73-year-old actor faced on-set sexual misconduct allegations from Van Barnes, his assistant and a transgender actress, and transgender actress Trace Lysette, who also appeared in the series.

Tambor apologized for his behavior being misinterpreted as “sexually aggressive” and said he didn’t consider himself a “predator.”

While the allegations were under investigation, it was unclear if Tambor would continue on the show. However, series creator Jill Soloway had stated writers were exploring writing him off. He had also stated he didn’t think he could continue working on the show.

“Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to ‘Transparent,” Tambor said in a statement at the time. Later, Tambor would clarify he didn’t mean that he planned to leave the show.

Now Amazon has announced the star has been removed from the series.

In a statement, Tambor lashed out at Amazon and directly addressed Jill Soloway’s involvement.

“I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me,” Tambor says.“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.”

He continued: “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. 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.”

Soloway also released a statement saying that the set of “Transparent” is taking “definitive action” to keep the workplace safe.

“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,” Soloway said in a statement. “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.”

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