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We might not have seen the last of Jeffrey Tambor’s Maura Pfefferman in Transparent, as apparently, no decision has been made yet regarding his lead role in the decorated Amazon series. The actor is currently under investigation for alleged inappropriate behavior towards his former assistant and one of his co-stars.
Shortly after the news of Tambor’s misdemeanor, the actor addressed the controversy, vehemently denying the accusation, specifically made by his “disgruntled former assistant” and calling them baseless. Having said that, and as recent similar situations have occurred, people expected that him to step down from his gig in Transparent or Amazon to suspend him while these claims are being carefully looked into. Tambor even belatedly released a statement implying that he will no longer return to the show. However, it looks like he is singing a different tune.
In an extensive report from The New York Times covering all that has unfolded that is connected to this scandal, Tambor’s spokesperson tried to explain his client’s earlier statement about leaving the show. He also revealed that both Tambor and Amazon have yet to come up with a resolution regarding this problem. He said:
“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. But no final decision for next year has been made, either by Jeffrey or by Amazon.”
What is interesting here is that it turns out Amazon execs have yet to do anything regarding these allegations other than saying that they are looking into it. Over the last few months, a string of high profile sexual misconduct scandals has hit Hollywood, spearheaded by the outing of veteran producer, Harvey Weinstein. Since then, the likes of Kevin Spacey , Louis C.K. , Brett Ratner, former DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza , Arrowverse producer Andrew Kreisberg , One Tree Hill producer Mark Schwahn , Girls writer/producer Murray Miller , Charlie Rose , and Matt Lauer have all be removed from their current gigs, so the pressure for Amazon to do the same on Tambor is high.
In hindsight, removing Tambor from Transparent presents a very big problem for the show, especially when it’s the actor’s character who is front and center of its narrative. Unlike Netflix’s House of Cards, who just recently confirmed that it is pushing through without Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood, writers can meander the current storyline to focus the story on the Robin Wright’s Claire Underwood instead. It’s still not a great way to move forward, but at least a good and plausible option in order to be able to wrap-up the show properly.