Jeff Garlin abruptly left the ABC comedy amid allegations of inappropriate “verbal and physical conduct” on set
Jeff Garlin, a former cast member of ‘The Goldbergs,’ has announced that he has bipolar disorder, a mental illness that causes severe mood swings that can cause anger and depression. The comedian-actor’s admission comes nine months after he abruptly quit the ABC comedy following allegations of inappropriate “verbal and physical conduct” on set.
“Bipolar is a motherf***er. Sometimes it’s just too much to handle. I do my best. This is the first time I’ve opened up about it,” Garlin said in an Instagram post with the hashtag bipolar.
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Garlin abruptly left The Goldbergs about a year ago following an HR investigation into the allegations against him. According to a December 2021 Deadline article, he and Sony Pictures Television agreed that he would stop work on the project immediately. Season 9 of the show, which debuted in September, reportedly required just one day of shooting from Garlin. ABC will air season 10 of The Goldbergs on September 21st. According to Deadline, an HR investigation led to Garlin’s unexpected departure from The Goldbergs. Despite saying at the time that he hadn’t been fired, the stand-up comic admitted in a lengthy interview with Vanity Fair in early December 2021 that he had been the subject of numerous human resources investigations over allegations of inappropriate touching and abusive language.
The showrunners of The Goldbergs revealed to Entertainment Weekly in late August 2022 that Murray Goldberg, played by Garlin, had been obliterated. “Spring, [Garlin is] will obviously be out of season. [Murray] will have passed, and we’re sort of starting in a place several months away from his death,” said co-showrunner Alex Barnow. The family, unlike Pops, has already mourned [George Segal] and the season 9 premiere where they’re kind of coming at it very freshly. This is going to 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. So we start optimistic that a baby is coming and look forward to the future. It’s an opportunity for that 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.”
Additionally, Barnow said that while he “assumed” the comic’s creator was aware of his character’s demise, he was unaware of it. “I spoke to Jeff and he is aware that he will not be replaced. The truth is, I don’t know if he knows what his destiny is, but I assume he does know would be the answer to that question. We haven’t had another conversation since the beginning of this writing that he would have any clarification on this,” Barrow said.
At the end of the season, videos of Garlin that had already been shot but never used were combined with his body duplicate. He played Murray Christian Goldberg, husband of Beverly Goldberg, who was portrayed on the series by Wendi McLendon-Covey.