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


TheWrap Emmy magazine: ”It really felt like, we have to do this on our terms — not on Jeffrey’s terms, not on MeToo’s terms, not on ‘Transparent’ fans’ terms,“ says the showrunner formerly known as Jill Soloway

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.

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Steve Pond

Steve Pond has been writing about film, music, pop culture and the entertainment industry for more than 40 years. He has served as TheWrap’s awards editor and executive editor, awards since joining the company in 2009. Steve began his career writing about music for the Los Angeles Times, where he remained a contributor for more than 15 years, and Rolling Stone, where he was West Coast Music Editor and wrote 16 cover stories. He moved into film coverage with a weekly column in the Washington Post and became a contributing writer at Premiere magazine, where he became the first journalist to have all access to the Academy Awards show and rehearsals. He has also written for the New York Times, Movieline, the DGA Quarterly, GQ, Playboy, the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, New York, the Christian Science Monitor, Live! magazine and many others. He is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller “The Big Show: High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards” (Faber and Faber, 2005). He has also written “Elvis in Hollywood” (New American Library, 1990) and contributed to books that include “Cash,” “The Rolling Stone Reader,” U2: The Rolling Stone Files,” “Bruce Springsteen: The Rolling Stone Files” and “The Rolling Stone Interviews: The 1980s.” He was the co-managing editor of the syndicated TV news program “The Industry News” and the creative consultant for the A&E series “The Inside Track With Graham Nash.” He has won L.A. Press Club awards for stories in TheWrap, the Los Angeles Times and Playboy, and was nominated for a National Magazine Award for a story in Premiere.