Jeffrey Tambor was fired from “Transparent” last week amid allegations of sexual harassment, but he’s still slated to reprise his role as “Arrested Development” patriarch George Bluth Sr. in the show’s upcoming fifth season — and that’s just fine with the rest of the cast, says David Cross.
Cross — who plays Tambor’s son-in-law Tobias Funke on the comedy — explained that for the most part, Tambor, 73, has the full support of his on-screen family.
“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,” the actor told amNew York.
“Arrested Development” is slated to return to Netflix soon for a fifth season starring Cross, Tambor, and the rest of the cult comedy’s original cast, which also includes Michael Cera, Jason Bateman and Will Arnett.
Cross added that he found it “curious” that the results of Amazon’s internal investigation into Tambor’s alleged behavior on the set of “Transparent” were not made public.
“I’m not sure why they would do that. I just know the whole thing is rather curious to me,” he said.
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In a statement, Tambor, too, seemed to find Amazon’s investigation curious, and said he was “profoundly disappointed” by the way the streaming giant handled the allegations against him.
The Emmy-winning actor was accused of sexual harassment last fall by both his former assistant and an actress on set who claimed he “got physical” with her and thrust his penis against her body.
He was placed under investigation in November, and officially fired last Thursday.
Tambor placed blame on show creator Jill Soloway’s “unfair characterization” of him, and implied her comments influenced Amazon’s decision.
“I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set,” he said. “As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself.”