Jeffrey Tambor confirmed for new season of Arrested Development

Jeffrey Tambor will return to'Arrested Development despite harassment allegations

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Despite allegations of sexual harassment that prompted him to leave the Amazon show Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor will return to Arrested Development for its upcoming fifth season.

Variety has confirmed with the network that the actor, officially let go from Amazon's "Transparent" earlier in the year due to a flurry of unsavory accusations, will be a part of "Development"'s fifth season.

In the wake of allegations of sexual assault and harassment against House of Cards star Kevin Spacey in November, the streaming service acted swiftly, halting production on the show's final season and then having him written off the show.

"In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon", he insisted. Amazon, however, launched an investigation into the claims, which ended in Tambor being removed from the series in February.

Filming on Netflix's "Arrested Development" - with Tambor on board - wrapped up that same month, leaving fans to wonder how or if the allegations would impact the series' long-awaited return. Tambor denied the claims, calling them "baseless".

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Creator Jill Solway said: "I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires".

Netflix made the decision on December 5 to continue the political drama "House of Cards" into its final season without actor Kevin Spacey, putting Robin Wright in the leading role instead.

"Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicised atmosphere that afflicted our set".

"I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone", Tambor responded when the allegations were reported. "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", Cross told the outlet.

A still from Arrested Development. "Arrested Development", which is created by Mitchell Hurwitz, also stars Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jessica Walter, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, and Alia Shawkat.

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