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Jeffrey Tambor’s days on Clear are formally over.
In line with The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon initially debated whether or not or to not cancel the present within the wake of a number of sexual harassment allegations which were made towards the actor. Now plainly as an alternative of resorting to cancellation, Tambor — who gained a number of awards for his efficiency as Maura Pfefferman — has left the present.
“Enjoying Maura Pfefferman on Clear has been one of many biggest privileges and artistic experiences of my life. What has grow to be clear over the previous weeks, nevertheless, is that that is not the job I signed up for 4 years in the past,” Tambor stated in a press release. “I’ve already made clear my deep remorse if any motion of mine was ever misinterpreted by anybody as being aggressive, however the concept I might intentionally harass anybody is just and completely unfaithful. Given the politicized environment that appears to have troubled our set, I do not see how I can return to Clear.”
The primary grievance got here from Tambor’s former assistant Van Barnes in early November. Barnes reportedly wrote about Tambor’s harassment in a personal Fb publish, however Tambor instantly rejected the claims. Actress Hint Lysette, who portrays Shea on Clear, then got here ahead with an account of one other incident of harassment from Tambor. Lysette recollects a selected day through which Tambor “received bodily” whereas the 2 filmed collectively within the second season. “He got here in shut, put his naked ft on prime of mine so I couldn’t transfer, leaned his physique towards me, and commenced fast, discreet thrusts forwards and backwards towards my physique. I felt his penis on my hip via his skinny pajamas,” she wrote in a harrowing account of the second on her official Instagram.
Within the wake of the allegations, Amazon launched an investigation in an try and substantiate the claims. In the end, a number of the largest forces behind Clear begged Amazon to not cancel the present due to Tambor’s actions. Although the writers have begun work on the present’s fifth season, creator Jill Soloway stated she is open to writing off Tambor’s character probably with a dying. Even Lysette, who’s transgender, urged Amazon in the identical Instagram submit to let the present and its “trans-affirmative motion” mission proceed. “Take away the issue and let the present go on,” she wrote. Our Woman J, one of many writers on the present, reposted Lysette’s assertion and stated, “We can’t let trans content material be taken down by a single cis man.”
Now that Tambor has left the collection, we’ll simply have to attend and see how they deal with it in future episodes.