The Goldbergs is one of ABC’s most popular sitcoms. The show follows the lives of the Goldberg family as they navigate life in 1980s Pennsylvania. Audiences watch it all unfold from the perspective of the family’s youngest son, Adam. Jeff Garlin has been at the center of the show since its premiere in 2013. As the family’s patriarch, Murray Goldberg, Garlin plays an important role both in the fictional family and the series. Now, Garlin officially leaving the show.
According to Variety, Jeff Garlin is exiting the show after a string of allegations of on-set misconduct and an HR investigation into his behavior. According to the report, he will not finish his work on the current season of the show. Instead, the actor-comedian will be leaving immediately.
The show is currently in its ninth season and Jeff Garlin has been there every step of the way. His exit leaves many to wonder how The Goldbergs will go on without one of the show’s most important characters. In the past, many sitcoms have dealt with an actor leaving by writing their character out of the series. Charlie Sheen’s abrupt death in Two and a Half Men comes to mind. However, the possibilities are wide open.
Jeff Garlin Speaks Out About Allegations
Earlier this month, Vanity Fair published an interview with Jeff Garlin. In the article, VF writer Maureen Ryan pointed out that the conversation took place the day before Thanksgiving this year. Even then, Garlin knew that he may not be in the series much longer. In fact, Garlin said that he didn’t expect The Goldbergs to go beyond its current season. So, it is possible that his exit heralds the beginning of the end of the show’s eight-year run.
Jeff Garlin said that the allegations that sparked the HR investigation that led to his exit all stemmed from misunderstandings. “We have a difference of opinion, Sony 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.”
Garlin added that he didn’t understand how his “silliness” could lead to an unsafe workspace. However, according to the Vanity Fair piece, multiple sources close to the show said that he used language that was inappropriate and made jokes that made others uncomfortable. Additionally, Jeff Garlin is a “hugger” whether those on the receiving end of his affections like it or not.
Garlin confirmed that the HR investigation isn’t a new development. “There has been an HR investigation on me the past three years. HR has come to me three years in a row about my behavior on set.”
In the end, Garlin said he never wanted to make anyone uncomfortable and that his comedy is about easing people’s pain. He summed it up by saying, “I am sorry to tell you that there really is no big story. Unless you want to do a story about political correctness.”