Jeffrey Tambor had plenty to say following his official firing from the series that brought him back-to-back Emmys for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2015 and 2016. Tambor lashed out at Amazon after Amazon Studios announced that Tambor was officially booted from “Transparent.”
“I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me,” Tambor said in a statement released Thursday, after Amazon announced that it had concluded its three-month investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against the veteran actor.
Tambor’s statement adds: “As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself. I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak.”
As we reported Thursday, “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway commented on Tambor’s firing, praising his two accusers — Van Barnes, Tambor’s former assistant, and Trace Lysette, one of his co-stars — for speaking up about their experiences on the show. At the time the two transgender women came forward back in November, Tambor apologized but also defended himself, insisting that he is not a predator.
Tambor aimed some of his comments in Thursday’s statement at Soloway, expressing disappointment in her for portraying him as someone who would harm the people who worked with him on the show.
“In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon,” Tambor said in the statement. “Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set.”