Jeffrey Tambor to appear in ‘Arrested Development’ season 5 despite sexual harassment claims

Show returns to Netflix "real soon"

It has been confirmed that Jeffrey Tambor will appear in the new season of Arrested Development despite recent sexual harassment allegations that resulted in him being dropped from Amazon’s Transparent.

Tambor – who portrayed transgender parent Maura in Transparent – was accused of “implied inappropriate behaviour” by former assistant Van Barnes last November. He was also accused of repeatedly making sexual propositions on set by actress Trace Lysett. Tambor has denied all wrongdoing.

Speaking about season five this week, creator Mitch Hurwitz said the show would be coming back to Netflix “real soon”.


A Netflix spokesperson has now confirmed to the Associated Press that Tambor will appear in the upcoming fifth season of Arrested Development, although the extent of Tambor’s role is not known.

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This comes after co-star David Cross said that the cast “stand behind” Tambor.

“I can’t speak for everybody, but I know there are a number of us who stand behind him—from the limited amount we know, we stand behind Jeffrey—and I am one of them,” Cross told amNY in February.

Earlier this week, it was announced that the show’s divisive fourth season, originally released on Netflix as 15 episodes, will be remixed into a more conventional, 22 episode format.


Meanwhile, Michael Cera spoke to NME last year about the upcoming season of Arrested Development. He said: “The strange thing is that I met the rest of the cast for the first time when I was 14, then years go by and we all get back together. Now more years have gone by and we’re back again. It’s a strange and confusing thing, but it’s really fun. There’s a lot of moments when we’re all just laughing and having a good time.”

Speaking on the long-rumoured Arrested Development movie, Cera replied: “I haven’t heard any discussions about that. I remember when the show was first cancelled and there was talk of that. But I think the problem was that so much time had gone by that the first 40 minutes of the movie would be having to catch people up on where the characters had been.”