Jeffrey TamborLatest News and Opinion
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 9:05PM EST
Transparent was running out of interesting material for Maura Pfefferman, so Jeffrey Tambor's ouster could be a good thing
By Season 4, says Kathryn VanArendonk, the Amazon series had begun "to cycle through the same beats the series has already explored" about Maura: "her childhood, the history of gender in her family, trauma of the parents revisited on the children, public-facing and private-facing personas. It’s not that there are no new stories to tell about Maura; it’s that lately, Transparent hasn’t seemed especially interested in telling them."
Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
David Cross: Arrested Development cast members stand by Jeffrey Tambor
“I can’t speak for everybody, but I know there are a number of us who stand behind him — from the limited amount we know, we stand behind Jeffrey — and I am one of them," the actor tells AM New York when asked about Tambor's sexual harassment scandal on Amazon's Transparent. Cross adds: “I think it’s very curious that Amazon didn’t make public the results of their internal investigation. I’m not sure why they would do that. I just know the whole thing is rather curious to me.”
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 6:45AM EST
What does Jeffrey Tambor's ouster mean for the future of Transparent?
Will Tambor's absence cast a pall over the Amazon series, or could it bring fresh interest in a show that had lost its buzz even before Tambor was accused of sexual harassment?
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
Jeffrey Tambor calls Amazon's investigation "deeply flawed and biased," blasts Transparent creator Jill Soloway's "unfair characterization of me"
“I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me,” Tambor said in a statement released a few hours after he was officially dropped from the series that earned him two Emmys. “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 added: “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.”
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:12PM EST
Amazon officially drops Jeffrey Tambor from Transparent
Amazon recently concluded its sexual misconduct investigation into Tambor, and the decision to cut ties was made in the last week, according to Deadline. Tambor had originally said he wasn't returning to the Amazon series after he was accused of sexual harassment on set, but the actor and his reps later tried to walk back his declaration. Deadline reports that no details of Amazon's investigation were revealed, but Tambor’s behavior “could not be justified or excused under scrutiny.” “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,” creator Jill Soloway said in a statement Thurdsay. “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 added. “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.”
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 7:07PM EST
Jeffrey Tambor says he hasn’t quit Transparent, but Amazon hasn't yet picked up his option for season 5
Despite Tambor’s rep telling telling media outlets today that he never actually quit Transparent, it’s unlikely that he’ll be back since he’s not currently under contract for Season 5. As Deadline’s Dominic Patten reports, options for other core cast members Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass, Judith Light and Amy Landecker have all already been picked up. In addition, Transparent writers have already begun working on stories that exclude Tambor’s Maura Pfefferman character. Meanwhile, Amazon’s investigation into Tambor’s alleged sexual harassment may continue into the new year. “Time [is] ticking as plans and scripts are penciled in," says Patten. “At this point, before the investigation makes its conclusions, the best possible outcome for Tambor is one that could see his lead character making a minor appearance on an upcoming Transparent season – and even that looks thin.”
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 2:18PM EST
Jeffrey Tambor may not be done with Transparent
The New York Times reports that "a representative for the actor disclosed to The Times recently that, in fact, Mr. Tambor had no plans to quit." That line is part of a new Times report about how the sexual misconduct allegations against Tambor particularly hit the cast and crew of Transparent hard because they considered their show a safe space from that sort of behavior. Tambor's representative, publicist Allan Mayer, explained that what Tambor said in his original “I don’t see how I can return" statement "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. But no final decision for next year has been made, either by Jeffrey or by Amazon.”
Posted Wednesday 11/22/17 at 10:51PM EST
Jeffrey Tambor responds after third accuser says he forcibly kissed her on the set of a 2001 movie
Tamara Delbridge is the first non-transgender woman to accuse the former Transparent star of harassment. Delbridge was a makeup assistant on the set of Never Again when she says Tambor suddenly grabbed her and kissed her on the lips on the last day of filming. Tambor responded to the allegation Wednesday saying: “I have absolutely no recollection of anything like this incident ever happening. If it did, it wasn’t meant as anything more than an enthusiastic farewell and gratitude for a job well done at the end of a shoot. However, I am deeply sorry for any discomfort or offense I may have inadvertently caused her.”
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 11:08PM EST
Why Transparent should replace Jeffrey Tambor with a transgender actress
Tambor’s casting was the Amazon series’ “one glaring, underlying weakness,” says Dorothy Snarker, who adds that “it should go without saying that a show called Transparent would be able to survive past its straight, cisgender star.” She adds: “While I think the show could work without Maura, it doesn't have to. The simplest and most just solution would be to simply hire a transgender actress to take over the role. You could say it would be a way for the series to finally come full circle on its mission of including and understanding trans lives and stories. Since its inception Transparent has strived to showcase trans talent in front of and behind the camera. It has had trans cast and crew, and has had trans writers on staff since season two. But series creator (Jill) Soloway's so-called ‘Trans-Affirmative Action’ initiative never quite made it to the top.
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 5:41PM EST
Netflix has “no comment” on Jeffrey Tambor’s future with Arrested Development
Netflix has already cut ties with Kevin Spacey and Louis CK, but so far the streaming service has kept silent on the sexual harassment allegations against the former Transparent star.
Posted Sunday 11/19/17 at 8:34PM EST
Jeffrey Tambor leaves Transparent amid sexual harassment allegations
“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” the actor told Deadline on Sunday. He added: “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.” Neither Amazon nor Transparent creator Jill Soloway has responded to Tambor's exit, but Deadline reports that his option for Season 5 had yet to be picked up.
Posted Sunday 11/19/17 at 6:12AM EST
Transparent creator Jill Soloway wouldn’t discuss Jeffrey Tambor during an appearance Saturday, but spoke in favor of anti-harassment on-set rules
“We have our own complications on Transparent,” Soloway said Saturday at Vulture Fest. “And because there is an investigation that we are amidst I am not able to say anything at all about it. I’m trying to just protect the process and make sure that we do the most, have a process with the most integrity to make sure that everybody, that turns out fair, so I’ve been asked not to speak at all about it.”
Posted Saturday 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
Could Arrested Development be affected by Jeffrey Tambor and David Cross’ off-screen controversies?
The Transparent sexual harassment accusations against Tambor and the racism accusation against Cross might affect the perception of their characters, such as when George Sr. is shown womanizing.
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 6:40PM EST
Report: Transparent considers writing Jeffrey Tambor out of the show as it fights for survival
According to The Hollywood Reporter, creator Jill Soloway and the show's writers are “fighting to save the show from cancellation" after Trace Lysette's allegation of sexual harassment against Tambor surfaced Thursday night. Transparent writers had already begun working on Season 5 when the first allegation from Tambor's former assistant Van Barnes was made last week. The Hollywood Reporter reports that “the creator, according to a well-placed source, is asking for the right amount of time to creatively write Maura out of the show, possibly with a death.” Meanwhile, Soloway is scheduled to speak publicly at a panel on Saturday. ALSO: Transgender Transparent writer Our Lady J says “I honor the strength and courage” of Tambor’s accusers.
Posted Friday 11/17/17 at 1:22PM EST
It’s interesting that Jeffrey Tambor changed his tone in response to the second sexual harassment allegation
The Transparent star framed Van Barnes’ allegation last week as from a “former disgruntled assistant,” implying that it was not only false, but vindictive or retaliatory, as Teresa Jusino points out. She adds: "The response to this second allegation (from Trace Lysette) has Tambor delivering a more nuanced statement. He still denies the behavior, but it’s interesting how, when a second accuser comes forward, who happens to be one of the actresses that fans of the show might know rather than an assistant that might be less well-known, the tone of the statement changes.” Jusino also points out: “He didn’t say that this instance flat-out didn’t happen. But rather, that it was behavior that was ‘misinterpreted.’” ALSO: Tambor’s response is so offensive to sexual violence victims.