Over the weekend, it became clear that Jeffrey Tambor may not be written into the fifth season of 'Transparent' over at Amazon Studios. Having led the show for four years in the role of trans-female Maura Pfefferman, many thought it would be an odd move for a show that has put so much of a focus on the character. Still, 'Transparent' has always been a series more about the ensemble and the cast coming together, rather than any one person.

Jeffrey Tambor has starred as Maura Pfefferman in 'Transparent' for 4 seasonsJeffrey Tambor has starred as Maura Pfefferman in 'Transparent' for 4 seasons

The news came after two separate allegations of sexual misconduct by trans-women who had worked with Tambor in the past. The first was his former assistant Van Barnes, who alleged he had played pornography at loud volumes, repeatedly propositioned her for sex, and threatened to sue her if she spoke out about his habits. The second came from 'Transparent' co-star Trace Lysette, who claimed Tambor had stood on her feet so she could not move, before rubbing his body and penis against her.

Whilst he has denied all of the allegations, Tambor now thinks that the best move he could make is to step away from the series.

Speaking in a statement released to Variety, the actor said: "Playing Maura Pfefferman on ‘Transparent’ has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life. What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago."

He added: "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."

"Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to ‘Transparent'."

Amazon themselves have so far declined to comment on the future of 'Transparent' and Tambor's words. Exactly where the show goes from here remains to be seen, but with such a wealth of talent in the ranks of the cast, it would be a shame if the future of the series was brought to an abrupt end.

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'Transparent' seasons 1-4 are available now on Amazon Prime Video. We'll bring you more information on season 5 as and when we get it.