“Transparent” fans are going to have to wait a while longer for the fifth season of the hit Amazon series.
Following charges of sexual harassment, actor Jeffrey Tambor’s officially exited Jill Soloway’s hit show two weeks ago. According to the Hollywood Reporter, production has been rescheduled to begin at the end of the year, possibly in December.
Before Tambor’s dismissal, the show was slated to resume production and air this year.
Tambor, 73, who played the lead role on the show as the heartwarming Jewish transgender matriarch of the dysfunctional Pfefferman family, was accused of sexual harassment in November by his former assistant Van Barnes and “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette. Both went on the record with their stories amid the #MeToo movement.
Maintaining his innocence, Tambor said last Thursday in a statement, “I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me. 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 castmates.
“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,” he said.
Soloway had remained silent during the investigation but after Tambor was officially dropped from the series, the Jewish writer and producer said, “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.”
Transparent has been lauded as a groundbreaking show for bringing Jewish transgender issues to a larger audience.
Through its four seasons, the show has often addressed sensitive issues of identity in both the Jewish and LGBTQ communities. Last season, the Pfefferman family took a trip to Israel to reconnect with their biblical roots.
Now that the show’s most central character won’t be returning, it remains to be seen how Soloway will rewrite the script while maintaining its edge.
It seems that it will be a while before we find that out.