September 21, 2019

‘Transparent’ to Kill Off Jeffrey Tambor’s Character

Jeffrey Tambor was fired from “Transparent” amid allegations of sexual harassment in February 2018, but his character, Maura Pfefferman, will meet a more permanent end.

Jill Soloway, the creator of the Amazon series, confirmed that Maura’s death will be revealed in the previously announced “Transparent Musical Finale,” which will deal with the family coping with their loss.

“When the time came to bring the ‘Transparent’ journey to a close, it was clear that saying goodbye to Maura was our path forward. In this musical finale, we dramatize the death of Maura in an odyssey of comedy and melancholy told through the joyful prism of melody and dance,” Soloway said in a statement.

“As we reflect on the process we began so many years ago to bring Maura Pfefferman to the screen, we hope this tribute to the meaning her story brought to the public consciousness also marks a moment in time where art-makers recognize the importance of trans actors playing trans characters. Everything changes, and we are grateful to make art that will live on as a bridge from this era to the next. As the world transforms, so does the Pfefferman family. ‘Transparent’ is not ending, it is transitioning into a musical, becoming itself over and over again.”

Soloway, who directed the episode featuring songs by her sister Faith, explained her choice to do a musical episode in an interview with the Los Angeles 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,” Soloway 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.”

“Transparent Musical Finale” will stream on Amazon this September.