Actor Jeffrey Tambor, who became the target of multiple sexual misconduct allegations, will not return to his Emmy-winning role on Amazon's transgender comedy series "Transparent," officials confirmed Thursday.
Tambor, who won Emmys for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series in 2015 and 2016 for his cross-dressing role of Mort/Maura Pfefferman on "Transparent," was accused last year of misconduct by transgender cast member Trace Lysette and his former assistant Van Barnes, who is also transgender.
He issued a statement in November questioning whether he would be able to return to the show "given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set." Amazon officials confirmed to various media outlets Thursday that Tambor, 73, would not be returning for the show's fifth season.
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Series creator Jill Soloway issued a statement saying, "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. 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."
Prior to his work on "Transparent," Tambor received four supporting actor in a comedy series Emmy nominations for his portrayal of sidekick Hank Kingsley on the 1992-98 HBO series "The Larry Sanders Show," and two Emmy nods in the category for his work on "Arrested Development," the first for portraying family patriarch George Bluth Sr. and the second for playing both that character and his identical twin Oscar.
Tambor's other television credits include a supporting role on the 1979-80 ABC comedy "The Ropers." His film credits include "And Justice for All," "Meet Joe Black," "There's Something About Mary," "City Slickers," "Miss Congeniality," all three "The Hangover" movies and both "Hellboy" films.