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Jeffrey Tambor Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations Again, But Admits to Being Mean

Jeffrey Tambor is speaking out again in response to sexual harassment allegations.

The 73-year-old Transparent actor continues to deny the allegations from actress Trace Lysette and former assistant Van Barnes. He did admit to being “difficult” and “mean” on set though.

“I don’t want to characterize them,” Tambor told THR about the allegations. “What I said was that she was a disgruntled assistant. 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.”

Tambor says playing Maura Pfefferman brought out a different side of him.

“I drove myself and my castmates crazy,” he said. “Lines got blurred. I was difficult. I was mean. I yelled at [series creator] 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.”

“And this is where the reader says, ‘So what?’” he added. “You know? ‘You’re coming in from the Palisades, you drive in, you get a good paycheck, you get to play one of the best roles in the world. So. What.’ … But I was scared, because I was a cisgender male playing Maura Pfefferman. And my whole thing was, ‘Am I doing it right? Am I doing it right? Am I doing it right?’ To the point that I worried myself to death.”


Jeffrey Tambor Exits 'Transparent' After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Jeffrey Tambor has officially left Transparent.

The 73-year-old actor was accused of sexual misconduct late last year, and originally, it did appear as if he was going to leave the Amazon show, despite denying any wrongdoing.

Then, a report emerged that Jeffrey actually had no intention of leaving the show.

Now, a representative for the show confirmed his exit to Variety on Thursday (February 15). No statement was made or explanation of how the exit happened was given. The exit comes ahead of the show’s fifth season.

Jeffrey Tambor Exits 'Transparent' Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations (Statement)

Jeffrey Tambor is officially leaving Amazon’s Transparent after sexual harassment allegations have surfaced.

“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life. What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago,” the 73-year-old actor said in a statement to Deadline. “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.”

Tambor has won two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Awards for his work on the show. The show was just renewed for a fifth season over the summer.

Amazon's 'Transparent' Renewed for Fifth Season!

Amazon’s Transparent will be back for a fifth season!

Ahead of the fourth season’s debut on September 22, the show’s execs announced the exciting news.

“Over the past few seasons the Pfeffermans have gone across the world, back in time and made many, many trips to the deli,” Amazon Studios’ head of comedy, drama and VR, Joe Lewis, said (via THR). “We’re so excited to see what magic Jill and the incredible team bring to this always groundbreaking series in season five.”

Creator Jill Soloway said, “We are extremely grateful to Amazon Studios for their continued trust and support and to our audience for their warm embrace of the Pfeffermans. We look forward to another season of comedy and drama, love and weirdness, God and sex – in the service of community and in pursuit of peace, joy, freedom and human rights for all.”

Jeffrey Tambor Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, 'Transparent' Cast Shows Support!

Jeffrey Tambor poses with his Transparent co-stars Kathryn Hahn, Jay Duplass, and Amy Landecker at his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on Tuesday (August 8) in Hollywood.

The 73-year-old Emmy-winning actor was honored with the 2,617th star on the walk of fame.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey recently received his third straight nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series after winning the past two years for his work on Transparent. The fourth season of the show will soon premiere on Amazon Prime Video.

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