Jeffrey Tambor’s Character on ‘Transparent’ Will Be Killed Off Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations


Maura Pfefferman will soon meet her demise. Transparent creator Jill Soloway confirmed in a new interview that Jeffrey Tambor’s character will be killed off on the show’s season finale.

According to the Los Angeles Times Opens a New Window. , the death of Maura, a divorced, Jewish, transgender college professor, will be shown at the beginning of the episode, with her family subsequently coming to grips with the loss.

“We were all in mourning in many ways, and we all had to process together,” Soloway told the publication on Thursday, April 11. “It was important [for the show]to go through all those stages. The show has always been a reflection of who we were and we were mourning our own narrative.”

The episode will also be a musical: Soloway described it as a “Jewish Christ Superstar or anxious ‘Godspell’ or ‘Ordinary People’ on ice” to the Times.“People say when they’re making musicals that there are moments when the characters have to sing because they can’t put something into words,” they said. “I think it’s the same thing with what our show went through, we felt like we needed a different way of looking at the family. And we did it through song.”

Us Weekly confirmed that the Hellboy actor, 74, had been fired from the series and would not be part of season 5 in February following multiple sexual harassment claims made against Tambor in November.Soloway gave a statement about the decision to let the Golden Globe winner go at the time of the allegations. “I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires,” they said. “We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family.”

Tambor was accused of inappropriate behavior by his former assistant Van Barnes, 42, in a private Facebook post. He denied the claims to Deadline Opens a New Window. at the time, saying, “I am aware that a former disgruntled assistant of mine has made a private post implying that I had acted in an improper manner toward her. I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with. I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation.”