Will Jeffrey Tambor appear in the next season of Transparent or not? After being accused of sexual harassment by co-star Trace Lysette and a former personal assistant, Van Barnes, the actor announced that he was standing down from the popular show. But now his reps say he has no plans to do so. The show, widely acclaimed for challenging transphobia, won two Golden Globes in 2015, and was renewed for a fifth season in September, before the allegations emerged.
In the New York Times story, cast and crew lamented the shadow that hangs over a groundbreaking show that was intended to create social change and which has hired at least 60 transgender and gender nonconforming writers, actors and crew members. “It’s just incredibly sad that that happened in the midst of something that felt so revolutionary,” Micah Fitzerman-Blue, a former writer and producer, told the paper. He was among the few that would go on the record for the report. Alexandra Billings, who plays Davina in the show, gave a statement to The Times saying that she had overheard Tambor tell Lysette, “My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually.”
Creator Jill Soloway has largely avoided talking about the case while investigations continue, but released a statement saying, “I take what Van Barnes and Trace Lysette are saying very seriously.”