Jeff Garlin’s Final ‘Goldbergs’ Scenes Were Filmed Using a Body Double

by Megan Molseed
(Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Television)

Lately, rumors have been swirling that Jeff Garlin’s time with the popular sitcom The Goldbergs was coming to an end.

The longtime actor was the subject of multiple misconduct complaints on the set of the hit ABC sitcom. And, as one outlet reports, this end has come a lot sooner than expected. Recently, The Goldbergs showrunners had to call in Garlin’s body double to finish the actor’s scenes on his final day.

According to a recent tweet, Deadline has received information from “anonymous sources” that the sitcom hired Garlin’s former Curb Your Enthusiasm body double to play Garlin’s Murray Goldberg during “what was supposed to be his last day.”

The Twitter post goes on to note that Golbergs producers plan to superimpose Garlin’s face on the double later on during production.

Earlier this fall, Jeff Garlin stated that he wasn’t sure whether or not he would return to the series for the ninth season which is currently airing on ABC.

According to the New York Times, the series has eighteen episodes scheduled for the current season. So far, it’s unclear whether or not The Goldbergs producers will continue to use Garlin’s doppelganger in the series going forward.

Jeff Garlin portrays the irritable Murray Goldberg, patriarch of the Golberg clan, in the popular series. He is a man of few words who loves his family, his television, and his recliner. Murray also absolutely hates to wear pants if he doesn’t have to.

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Earlier this fall, Jeff Garlin had reported that he was growing bored of the popular ABC series. He also felt frustration towards the parameters that Sony was putting on him in reaction to the misconduct allegations.

“They have every right to [enact],” the actor says of the parameters Sony has set forth for Garlin.

“And I have every right when I’m not under contract to decide not to come back,” Garlin adds. “That’s all it was.”

Reports have stated that the Goldbergs star is accused of using demeaning language and giving female coworkers nicknames that were found to be offensive. Garlin was also accused of being generally “verbally and emotionally” abusive on set.

Garlin, however, made light of the allegations stating these instances were simply “goofy gags” that The Goldbergs cast and crew misinterpreted.

“It’s about me and my silliness on set,” Jeff Garlin explains.

“They don’t think it’s appropriate. I do,” the actor continues.

“I’ve not been fired because of it,” Garlin adds. “We just think differently.”

Garlin went on to note that he wasn’t sure how to address the allegations. The actor states that “as a comedian, if somebody is offended by what I say I, all I can say is, ‘I’m sorry. OK?’”