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Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 6:27PM EDT
Jeffrey Tambor: I apologized to my Arrested Development co-stars over "distraction" of Transparent sexual harassment scandal
“I sent an email around and said an apology to these people I love so much for the distraction, and you’ll be asked questions, and things like that," Tambor said in an interview Monday with EW radio. "I gave a rather in-depth interview to The Hollywood Reporter. I’m no longer playing Maura, I’m going to miss her very much, I’m going to miss that cast that I love so much, and I wish them all the best. But I’m here now as a fan of this wonderful, wonderful group. I’m a little nervous, but I am so excited about this — and such a fan of these people — it is our best season, and these actors just knock it out of the park.”
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
Arrested Development creator: We couldn't cut Jeffrey Tambor out of Season 5 because "there would be no show"
The news that Tambor was being investigated for sexual harassment on the Transparent set broke on Nov. 8. Mitch Hurwitz wrapped filming on Season 5 at the end of November, and says Tambor was "as surprised by it as I was" by the allegations. Hurwitz says he checked with Arrested's cast and crew, as well as Netflix and studio 20th Century Fox, to see if Tambor had been the subject of any sexual misconduct complaints. Tambor wasn't fired from the Amazon series until Feb. 15. So given the information Hurwitz had at the time, he said he proceeded with Tambor on the show. “We were done shooting — there was no version of cutting him out of the show, or there would be no show,” Hurwitz explains, adding: “Am I going to cut Jeffrey out of the show, based on allegations that he disputes, that Amazon hasn’t shared, and that we have never experienced any complaints about? No, of course I am not going to…. I’m going to support Jeffrey.”
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 6:52PM EDT
Another Transparent crew member accuses Jeffrey Tambor of sexual misconduct
Rain Valdez, a trans actor who worked on the Amazon series as a director’s assistant and coordinating producer, posted a lengthy statement to Twitter describing how Tambor allegedly kissed her on the lips the first time they met on set. Valdez said her statement was in response to Tuesday's Hollywood Reporter profile of Tambor, which she called "empathizing with the perpetrator" and "vilifying the accusers." “I want to declare again that I believe my sisters (and fellow accusers) Trace (Lysette) and Van (Barnes). I continue to stand with them 100% and I will do anything I can to help stop the vilifying because we’re done with that,” she wrote, adding: “We’re done with the lies and no pity party article is going to change that.”
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 5:28PM EDT
Amazon will not submit Jeffrey Tambor in the Emmy race for Transparent
According to Gold Derby, "the streaming service confirmed to us that the two-time Best Comedy Actor winner, who left the show after Season 4 amid sexual harassment allegations, will not be submitted on the 2018 Emmy ballot by the studio."
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 10:00PM EDT
Why Jeffrey Tambor doesn't deserve a sympathetic profile
Today's Hollywood Reporter "soft focus" article on the fired Transparent star is "illustrated with a large, blue-toned portrait of Tambor looking pensive (and) reads like a textbook opening move in the emerging redemption arc for powerful men," according to Anna Merlan. She adds of Tambor: "What he doesn’t do—what he can’t seem to do—is admit wrongdoing, even as he vaguely accedes that he knew his behavior on set was getting him into trouble."
Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 12:30PM EDT
Transparent to end with Season 5; Jeffrey Tambor denies sexual harassment but admits to being mean
Transparent creator Jill Soloway announced that her Amazon series will end with a Tambor-less Season 5 in a Hollywood Reporter article that delves into the actor's ouster. “Hopefully it sets the Pfeffermans up with some sort of beautiful reclaiming,” she said. “I think we’re going to get there with some time.” In The Hollywood Reporter article, Tambor opened up for the first time about how he was fired by text by Soloway. But Tambor says he felt blindsided by his firing because he was expecting a "slap on the wrist." He admitted to having issues with anger management. He once had a "blowup" with Jessica Walter on the Arrested Development set. “I drove myself and my castmates crazy,” he said. “Lines got blurred. I was difficult. I was mean. I yelled at Jill (Soloway) — she told me recently she was afraid of me. I yelled at the wonderful (executive producer) Bridget Bedard in front of everybody. I made her cry. And I apologized and everything, but still, I yelled at her. The assistant directors. I was rude to my assistant. I was moody. Sometimes I didn’t talk at all.” But he denies the allegations from his two accusers, Van Barnes, his former assistant, and Trace Lysette, an actress on Transparent. “What I said was that she was a disgruntled assistant," he says of Barnes. "I think that was generous of me. I dispute her account. I did raise my voice at times, I was moody at times, there were times when I was tactless. But as for the other stuff, absolutely not.”
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 1:53PM EDT
Jeffrey Tambor will return to Arrested Development -- much of Season 5 was already filmed before his sexual harassment scandal
While Tambor was booted from Amazon's Transparent for sexual harassment, he'll remain on the Netflix's Arrested Development. According to Indiewire's Michael Schneider, Netflix conducted an investigation on whether the actor had any prior sexual misconduct allegations after the Transparent accusations emerged. "While Amazon found cause to remove Tambor from that show, Netflix found that there were no complaints from anyone about Tambor on the set of Arrested, nor had there been throughout the show’s earlier run on Fox," says Schneider. Tambor has received the support of Arrested cast members Jason Bateman and David Cross, who said "there are a number of us who stand behind him." However, Alia Shawkat recently described the situation as "strange" and "sad."
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:12PM EDT
Alia Shawkat is not among the Arrested Development cast members who stand by Jeffrey Tambor
In February, David Cross said "a number" of Arrested Development cast members are standing by Tambor amid his sexual misconduct scandal. Shawkat, who worked with Tambor on Arrested Development and on Transparent, is not one of them. “I’m an actor, I worked with him,” she tells Indiewire. “It’s not about sharing my personal opinion of him…What those victims said needs to be heard just as much. And that’s the facts, that’s just the truth of it. And they can’t be squashed down because of something else. But it is also, you know, it is sad, too.”
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Transparent gets the informal musical treatment from Jill Soloway's sister
Faith Soloway, who writes on her sister's Amazon show, created a musical version of Transparent that focuses on the neuroses of the mother, Shelly, instead of her ex-husband, Maura.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 2:35PM EDT
Jay Duplass has "huge confidence" that Transparent creator Jill Soloway can overcome this "incredibly traumatic time.”
“Jill’s been under so much pressure, not knowing whether Jeffrey (Tambor)’s going to be in the show or not, regime changes at Amazon, whether they need to end the show or re-open it, trying to do justice to the legacy of their family, and at the same time just emotionally processing the implosion of our family of the people who make Transparent,” says the Transparent star. “So it’s been an incredibly traumatic time.”
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Amazon spent $107 million on The Man in the High Castle Season 2 and 1.3 million watched Transparent Season 3, internal documents reveal
The Amazon documents obtained by Reuters also found that the company has a total of 26 million U.S. Amazon Prime viewers. The documents also found that Good Girls Revolt had a U.S. viewership of 1.6 million but cost $81 million to make. While Season 2 of The Man in the High Castle topped $100 million, Season 1 cost $72 million and only attracted 1.15 new subscribers worldwide. "Amazon calculated that the show drew new Prime members at an average cost of $63 per subscriber," according to Reuters.
Posted Wednesday 3/07/18 at 1:41PM EST
Transparent will likely return in 2019
The Amazon series is expected to begin production on its first season without Jeffrey Tambor at the end of the year, possibly in December. ALSO: Tambor's ex-assistant Van Barnes accuses him of spying on her while she was sleeping naked.
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 2:03PM EST
Transparent's Jill Soloway launches her own Amazon book imprint
Topple Books will highlight "the voices of women of color, gender non-conforming, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer writers."
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 5:43PM EST
Jeffrey Tambor's former Transparent assistant on his firing: "He has done this to himself"
"For Mr. Tambor to now characterize this investigation as 'biased' and 'politicized' is an insult to the numerous people he has worked with through the years who were forced to participate in an investigation created by his own actions," Van Barnes, who worked for Tambor for two years and was the first to accuse him of sexual harassment, said in a statement. "Mr. Tambor’s lengthy abuse and harassment of me continues to haunt me and is a clear indication of how we got to this point. I take no celebration in the firing of Mr. Tambor from Transparent, because this man's actions have jeopardized many people's jobs, especially many transgender people struggling to find work in Hollywood."
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."