Netflix Mum on Jeffrey Tambor’s ‘Arrested Development’ Status

Over the past week, as a pair of sexual-harassment allegations against the actor Jeffrey Tambor have surfaced—one from a former assistant, the other from the actress Trace Lysette, both of whom are transgender women—the Emmy-winning star of Transparent decided that he would not be returning to the hit Amazon series. “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent,” Tambor said in a statement to Deadline. But what about his role in the fifth season of Arrested Development that’s currently shooting? Tambor, of course, plays the dimwitted patriarch George Bluth, whose sexual promiscuity and lack of moral fiber are treated as punchlines, and the next season of the series, set to air sometime in 2018 on Netflix, is poised to take on Trump. Netflix has already cut ties with Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. following allegations of sexual misconduct, but has bafflingly chosen to retain the services of Danny Masterson—who stars on The Ranch—despite four allegations of rape against him. When asked for comment on the status of Tambor’s involvement in Arrested, however, Netflix responded with a firm “no comment.”