Jeffrey Tambor apologises again about Transparent sexual harassment allegations

‘Never, ever, ever, ever intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable – ever. It’s just not who I am’

Annie Lord
Friday 17 April 2020 08:56 BST
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Former Transparant star Jeffery Tambor apologised again yesterday about the sexual harassment allegations levelled against him while he was working on the show.

Speaking to Gilbert Gottfried on his Amazing Colossal satellite radio show, the actor said he “never, ever, ever, ever intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable – ever. It’s just not who I am.”

Tambor was fired from the Amazon show in February 2018 at the height of the #MeToo movement. His co-star Trace Lysette, former assistant Van Barnes, and makeup artist Tamara Delbridge all accused him of verbal and physical abuse.

Tambor claimed that he and his castmates “loved each other. We were irreverent. We were honest. We were vulnerable. We had stories that were very, very personal. We trusted one another. It was a set like no other…”

He continued: “Of course, there were instances where my interaction with these lovely people could have been mistaken way other, way other than how I intended, and I have profoundly apologized, and I apologize now if I made anyone, anyone feel vulnerable, and I’m sorry it ended the way it did.”

Transparent creator Jill Soloway killed off Tambor’s character Maura in the series’ musical finale in September 2019.

Tambor’s work has slowed since then. He appeared in the fifth season of Arrested Development, but that was completed before the allegations.

In 2018, the 73-year-old actor apologised for his actions in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“I drove myself and my castmates crazy,” he said. “Lines got blurred. I was difficult. I was mean. I yelled at Jill [Soloway] – she told me recently she was afraid of me. I yelled at the wonderful [executive producer] Bridget Bedard in front of everybody. I made her cry. And I apologised and everything, but still, I yelled at her. The assistant directors. I was rude to my assistant.”

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He said he was “moody” and it didn’t matter to him that he got “a good pay cheque” or played “one of the best roles in the world”.

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