Comedian Jeff Garlin is leaving “The Goldbergs.”
Garlin, 59, has played the patriarch of the Goldberg family, Murray Goldberg, for eight seasons now. However, he is leaving in the middle of filming his ninth season due to complaints about his inappropriate behavior on set.
Entertainment Weekly reported that the decision to leave was a mutual one, after multiple cast and crew members reported alleged verbal and physical conduct expressed by Garlin that made them uncomfortable.
Garlin Considers This An Issue Of ‘Political Correctness’
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Garlin has previously considered debates about his behavior to be a “story about political correctness.” In a previous interview with “Vanity Fair,” Garlin rejected the notion that he created an unsafe work environment.
“If I said something silly and offensive, and I’m working at an insurance company, I think it’s a different situation,” he explained.
“If I, as the star of the show, demanded a gun range and on set, and I was firing guns every day and I was a little bit loose — to me, that’s an unsafe work atmosphere,” he continued. “If I threatened people, that’s an unsafe work atmosphere. None of that goes on ever with me.”
He added, “That’s not who I am. I am sorry to tell you that there really is no big story. Unless you want to do a story about political correctness.”
Jeff Garlin Responds To Allegations: ‘We Just Think Differently’
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Ten days ago, The Blast previously reported on the workplace allegations against Goldberg. Although there have been investigations into his behavior on set for the past three years, Garlin insisted at the time that he was not fired from the ABC sitcom.
“It’s always the same thing. It’s about me and my silliness on set,” he said. “They don’t think it’s appropriate. I do. That’s where we’re at. I’ve not been fired because of it. We just think differently.”
However, it appears that he has left the show in the middle of filming what many assume to be the show’s final season. Some fans are surprised to see that Garlin is leaving the show, as he revealed that he was going to keep his “silly behavior” at a minimum in order to finish out the season.
He noted that he has previously had a habit of hugging people to greet them, which he admitted that not everyone might be okay with. He said then that he would discontinue the practice while the show finished up filming.
“When I do shoot more days, just to make it go smooth, I will not be doing any of my silly stuff or anything, out of respect,” he said. “I’m just going to keep it on the QT, because you know why? They’re my bosses. And they have every right to have the set be the way they want.”
It is unclear if the complaints against him on “The Goldbergs” will affect his run on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as well.