The future of “Transparent” has been in doubt ever since star Jeffrey Tambor was hit with allegations of sexual harassment on the set of the groundbreaking Amazon TV series, with actress Trace Lysette and Tambor’s former assistant Van Barnes (all of whom are transgender women) accusing Tambor, 73, of acting inappropriately toward them.
After the allegations (which Tambor has denied) were made public, Tambor issued a statement in which he seemingly announced his exit from the show — which centres on his character, Maura Pfefferman, as she transitions from male to female.
However, Tambor’s co-star Judith Light (who plays his ex-wife) reveals that it looks as though Amazon is moving ahead with a fifth season of “Transparent”.
“As far as what I can tell you right now, it looks like we’re going back for our fifth season,” Light tells Entertainment Weekly while promoting her upcoming appearance in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”.
“That’s all I really know, and that’s all I can really tell you,” adds the former “Who’s the Boss?” star. “The truth is, I really don’t know more than that. I hope we do, and I’m pretty sure that we will.”
While Amazon has yet to respond to EW‘s request for comment, Tambor’s participation in a potential fifth season remains up in the air.
“This is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago,” said Tambor in a statement after Amazon launched an internal investigation into the allegations. “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’.”
Subsequently, a rep for the actor walked back his statement a bit, pointing out that Tambor never actually said he was leaving the show. “What he said 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,” the rep told the New York Times. “But no final decision for next year has been made, either by Jeffrey or by Amazon.”