‘The Goldbergs’: How Will the Show Write Off Murray Now That Jeff Garlin’s Gone?

by Josh Lanier

Jeff Garlin is done with The Goldbergs, but the show isn’t done with him. The 59-year-old actor who played Murray quit the series earlier this month after a public falling out with producers over misconduct allegations. Garlin may be gone, but Murray isn’t going anywhere.

The Goldbergs producers said the show has several options for how they can keep him in the series, Variety reported. The show already used a body double to finish filming Garlin’s last episode. Producers will use previously recorded dialogue and unused footage of Garlin to complete filming for the final six or seven episodes of Season 9. Because the show will use never-before-seen images and audio, producers will continue to pay Garlin despite him not recording anything new.

But this will only address the problem in the short term. It’s unknown what the show will do if ABC renews the series for a 10th season. Network executives haven’t said what their plans are for The Goldbergs. Garlin previously said he believed the show would end after this season. Though, he also told a crowd at a stand-up show last month that he hated the series and only worked on it for a paycheck.

It’s unclear if they will rewrite the episodes to accommodate these new limitations. But Garlin’s character Murray wasn’t a large part of The Goldbergs storyline in recent seasons. The comedian only worked one day a week on the series, Variety said.

Garlin’s departure is the second time this year that The Goldbergs have had to address losing a cast member. George Segal, who played Albert “Pops” Solomon in the show, died in March.

New episodes of The Goldbergs return to ABC on Jan. 5, 2022.

Jeff Garlin: Problems at ‘The Goldbergs’ Were Misunderstanding

Jeff Garlin downplayed accusations former staffers of the series made against him. They said he was a bully on set and would say and do inappropriate things.

“He is extremely verbally and emotionally abusive,” a The Goldbergs staffer told Deadline.

Sony, the studio that makes the series, opened an HR investigation into complaints made again Garlin. He admitted in a 2019 Netflix stand-up special that executives had asked him to stop making offensive jokes more than three years ago. But Garlin explained to Vanity Fair earlier this month that it was just part of his “process.”

“We have a difference of opinion, [ABC] and myself. My opinion is, I have my process about how I’m funny, in terms of the scene and what I have to do. They feel that it makes for a quote ‘unsafe’ workspace,” he said in the interview.

Some staffers complained that the comedian would hug people whether they were OK with it or not. Garlin would tell them that it’s just who he is and they should accept that.

“He got away with it because he would call himself out for it—saying he was a big teddy bear, saying things like, ‘Oh you know me, just a big bowl of mush, I’m a hugger. I just love you,'” a staff member on the show told the magazine.

Garlin argued the bigger problem is political correctness and not his behavior.