Why Joey Soloway Didn’t Walk Away From ‘Transparent’ After the Jeffrey Tambor Scandal

Steve Pond

A version of this story about Joey Soloway and “Transparent Musicale Finale” first ran in the Limited Series & Movies issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. “Transparent” creator and showrunner Joey Soloway, who identifies as nonbinary and recently changed their first name from Jill to Joey, was faced with an untenable situation when the series’ star, Jeffrey Tambor, was accused of sexual misconduct in 2017. Tambor was at the center of “Transparent” as Maura Pfefferman, who late in life comes out to his wife and adult children as a trans woman, a plotline inspired by Soloway and their sister Faith’s experience with their own father. The solution to ending the show without Tambor turned out to be “Transparent Musicale Finale” — not a final season, but a single, movie-length episode, and a musical to boot. Were you initially thinking of doing a whole fifth season, rather than a single show? We weren’t thinking of ending at all. Initially we were thinking that maybe there would be many more seasons. And then when it became clear that going forward without Jeffrey or going forward with Jeffrey, that neither one of those were really an option, the first idea was to walk away....

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