Jeff Garlin’s Character on ‘The Goldbergs’ Killed Off for Season 10: When “The Goldbergs” fans tune in for the 10th season of the ABC sitcom this autumn, Jeff Garlin’s patriarch Murray will have been dead for months.
Showrunners Alex Barnow and Chris Bishop revealed how “The Goldbergs” will cope with Garlin’s tumultuous exit midway through the ninth season in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Garlin’s departure was the result of a “mutual agreement” between himself and Sony Pictures Television following an HR probe over his on-set behaviour, which the actor attributed to “silliness.”
Season 10, which premieres on September 21, will also introduce a new member to the family, as newlyweds Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Geoff (Sam Lerner) have their first child.
Jeff Garlin’s Character on ‘The Goldbergs’ Killed Off for Season 10
“This is going to be a family that hasn’t reconciled the fact that their father is no longer alive, but has sort of moved on and dealt with a lot of it,” Barnow said. “So we’re starting with hope for a baby and looking forward to the future.” It’s a chance for this interesting emotional base for how individuals are acting.”
“It honestly feels like a tremendous relaunch for us,” Bishop continued. As a result, we have a lot of momentum heading into the new season.”
“The family has already mourned, unlike Pops [George Segal] in the Season 9 opener, where they’re dealing with it kind of fresh,” Barnow explained. “Jeff [Garlin] won’t be in the series this year, and the pieces so far have primarily been about looking forward rather than back.”
When asked if Garlin is aware that his character is being killed off, Barnow replied, “I’ve talked to Jeff, and he’s aware that he’s not being replaced.” The fact is, I’m not sure if he understands what his fate is, but I’m guessing he does, so that’s the answer to that question. We haven’t had a follow-up chat since the start of writing to see whether he has any precise clarity on that.”
In discussing Season 10, the showrunners revealed that viewers will see more of Pop-Pop (Judd Hirsch) as Murray’s death draws the family closer together. They also hinted that David Hasselhoff might appear as himself in a guest role.
Garlin will be fully gone from “The Goldbergs” for the first time in the show’s nine-year existence on ABC. Garlin was filming the 15th and 16th episodes of Season 9’s 22 episodes when he was abruptly fired owing to the claims. However, the star was still seen in off-camera chat from previous episodes and unused takes, as well as previously taken photographs. Garlin was still getting compensated for his work on the show at the time.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Garlin already addressed the allegations against him, saying, “Well, to be honest with you, there is no narrative.” Sony and I have a difference of opinion.”
“My opinion is, I have my approach of how I’m humorous, in terms of the scenario and what I have to do,” he stated. They believe it creates a ‘unsafe’ working environment. Now, don’t get me wrong: I have no idea how my nonsense is creating an unhealthy workplace… I am always considerate and thoughtful. Sure, I make mistakes. But my comedy is about relieving people’s suffering. Why would I ever want to inflict misery on somebody for the sake of amusement? That is considered bullying. That is completely inappropriate.”
Garlin quit “The Goldbergs” by mutual consent a few days after that interview was published.