Jeffrey Tambor will not compete for an Emmy this year—at least not for Transparent. Tambors work on the hit Amazon dramas fourth season would have been eligible for consideration, but the streamer has removed him from the race, Gold Derby reports.
Representatives for Amazon and Tambor did not immediately respond to V.F.s request for comment on Gold Derbys report, but Amazons reported decision to remove Tambor from the race entirely seems significant. The studio could simply have allowed the TV Academy to decide whether its star was worthy of a nomination; its likely that the voting body would have ignored Tambor of its own accord, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did with James Francoearlier this year. Instead, Amazon chose to take matters into its own hands.
Perhaps Amazon wants to make an emphatic statement about where it stands on the #MeToo movement, months after its former chief, Roy Price,resigned after his own harassment scandal. Following the first accusation against Tambor by Van Barnes, the actors former assistant, the studio launched an investigation that ended with Tambors dismissal from the series. When Transparent returns for its fifth and final season, it will do so without Tambor, who won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Maura Pfefferman.
Tambor, meanwhile, has continued to vehemently deny the claims against him. Following his dismissal, Tambor called Amazons investigation “deeply flawed and biased.” In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor repeated what hes said from the beginning: that while he was occasionally temperamental on set, he believes he never sexually harassed anyone. “I did raise my voice at times, I was moody at times, there were times when I was tactless,” Tambor told T.H.R. “But as for the other stuff, absolutely not.”
Although Tambors work on Transparent will not be considered at the Emmys this year, the actor could still earn a nomination for his work on Arrested Development. Netflix did not immediately respond to V.F.s request for comment as to whether or not it would submit the actor for consideration—but with the fifth season of the critically acclaimed comedy set to release on May 29, Tambors work would be eligible. The actors turn as George Bluth Sr. on that sitcom previously earned him two Emmy nominations, in 2004 and 2005.
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