Jeffrey Tambor to Appear on 'Arrested Development' Season 5 Despite Harassment Allegations

Jeffrey Tambor will return to'Arrested Development despite harassment allegations

Jeffrey Tambor will return to'Arrested Development despite harassment allegations

Netflix has not yet announced a return date for Arrested Development, which aired for three seasons on Fox from 2003 to 2006 before being revived in 2013 for a 15-episode fourth season on Netflix.

The Emmy-winning actor's role in the sitcom that's garnered a cultlike following since its 2003 Fox debut came under question late a year ago following accusations of sexual misconduct on the set of Amazon's "Transparent".

Following his sacking from Amazon drama Transparent for alleged sexual misconduct, Netflix has confirmed that actor Jeffrey Tambor will appear in the upcoming fifth season of Arrested Development.

He has dual roles on the show - the feuding Bluth family's scheming father George Bluth and his hippy brother Oscar. It is unclear though if his return in Season 5 seals his fate with the series. There is no information on whether Tambor will remain a regular cast member or if he will simply have a guest appearance or recurring role.

While we're sure Arrested Development fans will be happy to see the actor return for the new season, the news comes as a bit of a surprise.

Tambor was initially accused of sexual harassment by his former assistant, Van Barnes, and later by "Transparent" co-star Trace Lysette, who also shared her own harassment allegation shortly after.

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In November, Lysette accused the Emmy Award victor of lewd behavior when she was dressed in a lingerie top and shorts.

Netflix's decision to keep Tambor on board marks a contrast in comparison to the streaming service's handling of misconduct allegations against other male actors/comedians. She said that Tambor leaned his body against her and made thrusting motions against her body.

A few of Tambor's friends and castmates stood behind him amid the controversy. As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself.

Tambor denies those claims. Jason Bateman and David Cross expressed their support for the actor in previous interviews.

It's not clear exactly when Season 5 will be released, but on Wednesday, Ron Howard tweeted a photo of himself recording the narration for the show. Series creator Mitch Hurwitz also has yet to reveal which episode Tambor appears in the series.

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