‘Goldbergs’ kills off Jeff Garlin’s character for Season 10

Jeff Garlin’s character on The Goldbergs will be dead when the sitcom’s season 10 premieres on ABC next month.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, showrunners Chris Bishop and Alex Barnow explained how they wrote Garlin’s Murray Goldberg, the Goldberg family patriarch, off the show. The latest season of The Goldbergs is slated to premiere nearly a year after Garlin left the program after human resources investigated his on-set behavior.

“[Garlin is] obviously won’t be in season,” Barnow told Entertainment Weekly in a Q&A published Tuesday.

“[Murray] will have passed, and we begin, as it were, at a place several months from his death. The family has already mourned. … This will be a family that didn’t come to terms with the fact that their father left, but kind of moved on and worked through a lot of it. … It’s an opportunity for this interesting emotional basis for people’s behavior. But Jeff won’t be on the show this year, and so far the stories have mostly been about looking ahead rather than looking back.”

Barnow added that he informed Garlin that “he will not be replaced” by another actor.

“I don’t know if he knows what his destiny is, but I assume he does,” said the writer and executive producer. “We haven’t had another conversation since the beginning of this writing where he would have any clarity on this.”

In December 2021, Vanity Fair reported that Garlin allegedly engaged in a pattern of verbal and physical behavior that made some of his employees uncomfortable behind the scenes of “The Goldbergs.”

He was accused of behaving in a demeaning or unprofessional manner and using language that some considered inappropriate and demeaning towards women. Garlin also reportedly touched or hugged people on set, regardless of whether they were comfortable with it.

In the Vanity Fair interview, Garlin described his on-set behavior as “silly,” but admitted he can be “laid back canon” on the job. He attributed the HR investigation to a “disagreement” between himself and production company Sony Pictures Television.

“I make mistakes, sure. But my comedy is about easing people’s pain,” Garlin said at the time. “Why would I ever want to hurt someone for the sake of laughing? This is bullying. It’s just inappropriate.”

The 60-year-old Curb Your Enthusiasm star also revealed to Vanity Fair that his departure from the Goldbergs was an amicable agreement between him and Sony. In other words, he wasn’t fired from the show.

“I didn’t want to come back. I’ve had enough of that,” Garlin said. “And I’ve also been very disgusted with the whole HR thing over the last few years. But I love the crew. I love everyone I work with.”

Season 10 of The Goldbergs – starring Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone, Hayley Orrantia, Sam Lerner and Troy Gentile – premieres September 21 on ABC.

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