Emmy Award–winning actor Jeffrey Tambor has decided to leave the hit Amazon show Transparent after four seasons. The actor, who gained wide praise for his portrayal as Maura Pfefferman, will not return after two sexual-harassment claims from show staff.
“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” Tambor told Deadline. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago.”
Tambor denied claims made against him by two show actresses. “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,” he said. “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”
The show has not been renewed for a new season yet, so this is most likely a death knell for the show.