When the tenth season of “The Goldbergs” starts on ABC next month, Jeff Garlin‘s character will have died.
The show’s creators, Chris Bishop and Alex Barnow, recently discussed the decision to remove Garlin’s Murray Goldberg, the father of the Goldberg family, from the series in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. A human resources inquiry into Garlin’s conduct on set led to his departure from “The Goldbergs,” and the next season will mark almost a year since his departure.
“In an interview released on Tuesday, Barnow confirmed that Garlin would not be appearing in the next season.
After [Murray] passes away, we’ll be continuing from a point many months after his passing. A funeral has already been held for the deceased family member. This is a family that has suffered a lot of loss, including the death of the patriarch, but who has not yet come to terms with it. This intriguing emotional foundation for current behavior may be exploited. However, Jeff will not be appearing in any episodes this season, and the focus of the storylines so far has been on the future rather than the past.”
Garlin has been told by Barnow that “he’s not being replaced by another actor,” he said.
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“I don’t know what his fate is, but he does,” said the show’s creator and executive producer. We haven’t had any follow-up discussions since he began writing, so I can’t presume anything.
Vanity Fair reported in December 2021 that Garlin’s vocal and physical actions made “The Goldbergs” employees uncomfortable.
Some said he spoke in a rude or unprofessional way, while others said he used language that was derogatory to women. The rumors about Garlin’s touching and hugging on set are true as well.
Garlin admitted to being a “loose cannon” at work and called his on-set antics “silliness” in an interview with Vanity Fair. He explained the HR probe away by saying he and Sony Pictures Television just had “different opinions.”
To paraphrase, “Of course I make blunders. However, Garlin said that the purpose of his humor was to help people feel better. Why on earth would I want to make someone suffer only to make myself laugh? Advocating such treatment is bullying. What an inappropriate response.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the 60-year-old “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actor said that his departure from the “Goldbergs” was amicable and was reached after discussions between himself and Sony.
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To paraphrase, “I didn’t want to return. Garlin said, “I’d had enough of it.” Additionally, I found the modern HR system to be repulsive. However, I couldn’t be happier with the team. In the office, I have the best coworkers.