With Jeffrey Tambor making one of his first public appearances in months at Thursday’s Los Angeles premiere for the Netflix cult comedy “Arrested Development,” much of the talk was about the decision to keep the actor as part of the show following his firing by “Transparent” over sexual harassment allegations.
The AP reports that Tambor “posed for photos with his wife, Kasia Ostlun, but didn’t do interviews with the press.” The report adds that the show’s cast “unanimously supported the 73-year-old actor.”
“Arrested Development” creator and executive producer Mitchell Hurwitz acknowledged that the decision to stick with Tambor won’t please everyone.
“Good people will find this offensive,” Hurwitz said. “I, too, get worked up when I hear about Harvey Weinstein and other people who have taken advantage of people. But I also believe very strongly that we don’t want to live in a world where accusations ruin people’s lives. We have tried that as a human race and it doesn’t always, doesn’t work out great, you know? So accusations are very different than proof and, you know, we obviously are going to support people that haven’t done, that haven’t been proved guilty.”
Tambor has denied the allegations of misconduct on the set of “Transparent.”
Before Thursday’s screening, Tambor’s co-star Jason Bateman said: “All I know about is ‘Arrested Development’ and he’s always just been incredible with us and I’m really looking forward to seeing him tonight.”
Added Portia de Rossi: “Love Jeffrey! I’ve always loved Jeffrey and we support him and adore him and, yeah, he’s terrific.”
Alia Shawkat offered a more nuanced take. “Well, it’s a very complicated issue, obviously,” she said. “I’m very close to Jeffrey and I care about him a lot. I just don’t think it has to completely be so one way or the other. It’s a complicated time, but I’m hoping that as this revolution progresses that we get more involved in the specifics of things and, you know, I support him being on the show, but I also support the voices of the victims at the same time.”