"Lines got blurred"
Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor has spoken out for the first time since he was fired from the Emmy winning show.
The acclaimed actor was officially dismissed from the Amazon series earlier this year, after facing a slew of sexual harassment allegations relating to his time on the show.
He was initially accused by personal assistant Van Barnes, before co-star Trace Lysette came forward to level accusations against Tambor.
Now, Tambor has maintained his innocence in his first interview since leaving the show.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, he admitted suffering a lifetime of anger management issues.
“I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator — ever”, he affirmed.
“I drove myself and my castmates crazy. Lines got blurred. I was difficult. I was mean.
“I yelled at [creator] 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 apologized and everything, but still, I yelled at her. The assistant directors. I was rude to my assistant.”
He also claimed that his on-set anger stemmed from a fear of playing a transgender woman as a cisgender male.
“I was scared, because I was a cisgender male playing Maura Pfefferman. And my whole thing was, ‘Am I doing it right? Am I doing it right? Am I doing it right?’ To the point that I worried myself to death”, he explained.
Responding to Tambor’s latest rebuttal of the claims, Transparent creator Jill Soloway said: “It’s not a simple case of did he do it or didn’t he do it. Nobody said he was a predator — they said he sexually harassed people. He made enemies, and I don’t think he realized he was making enemies. You have to be very, very careful if you’re a person in power and treat people very appropriately.”
Meanwhile, Tambor will return to the small screen later this month in the fifth series of Arrested Development, reprising the role of troubled patriarch George Bluth Sr.