‘Transparent’ killing off Jeffrey Tambor’s character
“Transparent” creator, Jill Soloway, has confirmed the upcoming series finale will feature the death of the show’s central character, played by actor Jeffrey Tambor, who was dismissed from the show last year over accusations of harassment toward others on set.
In a statement after his firing, the actor called the allegations against him “false.”
“When the time came to bring the ‘Transparent’ journey to a close, it was clear that saying goodbye to Maura was our path forward,” Soloway said in a statement via Amazon. “In this musical finale, we dramatize the death of Maura in an odyssey of comedy and melancholy told through the joyful prism of melody and dance.”
Tambor played Maura Pfefferman, a father who comes out as transgender to his wife and children, since 2014.
“As we reflect on the process we began so many years ago to bring Maura Pfefferman to the screen, we hope this tribute to the meaning her story brought to the public consciousness also marks a moment in time where art-makers recognize the importance of trans actors playing trans characters,” Soloway added. “Everything changes, and we are grateful to make art that will live on as a bridge from this era to the next. As the world transforms, so does the Pfefferman family.”
The musical series finale is expected to premiere on Amazon this fall.
In its first four seasons, “Transparent” earned praise for lifting the visibility of the transgender community. It has also raked in a number of awards for Amazon, including the Golden Globe for best TV comedy or musical in 2015 and a number of awards for Tambor.
Tambor first faced allegations in November 2017, spurring an investigation by Amazon.
Van Barnes, his former assistant, claimed Tambor “made lewd, sexually suggestive and unwelcome remarks to her on a number of occasions,” according to Deadline, which first reported the allegations.
In a statement posted to social media in November, “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette accused Tambor of making sexual advances and comments toward her.
At the time, Tambor said the allegations were “simply and utterly untrue.”