‘The Goldbergs’ to kill off patriarch Murray after allegations of Jeff Garlin’s misconduct

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Jeff Garlin and his character Murray, the father of the Philadelphia family at the center of ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” are officially, terminally exiting the sitcom. 

The Sept. 21 Season 10 premiere will begin with a substantial jump into the future – and with Garlin’s patriarch being long deceased

Garlin “is not going to be on the season, obviously. (Murray) will have passed, and we are sort of starting from a place of multiple months removed from his death. The family has already grieved,” executive producer Alex Barnow told Entertainment Weekly. “This is going to be a family that has not reconciled the fact that their father’s gone but has sort of moved on and has dealt with a lot of that.”

Last season a stand-in and post-production workarounds were used to portray Murray after Garlin, 60, left the show following investigations into his on-set behavior and accusations of misconduct.

Executive producer Chris Bishop said, “It honestly feels like a huge reboot for us.”

Jeff Garlin leaving ‘The Goldbergs’ after accusations of misconduct on set of ABC hit comedy

Barnow said that Garlin was aware that his character would not return, but the producer was not clear on whether “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Garlin was aware of his character Murray’s death.

“The truth is, I don’t know if he knows what his fate is, but I’m assuming he knows, would be the answer to that question. We haven’t had a subsequent conversation since the beginning of writing that he would have any specific clarity on that,” said Barnow. “But Jeff won’t be in the series this year, and so far the stories have been largely about looking forward rather than looking back.”

Garlin’s media representatives, producer Sony Pictures Television and ABC did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

Garlin played the family patriarch on “The Goldbergs” since the ABC’s No. 2 comedy’s 2013 premiere. The show follows a family based on the life of creator Adam F. Goldberg in 1980s Philadelphia. Boisterous Murray Goldberg is often clad in underwear and chilly in his affection towards his children. 

In a Dec. 3 interview with Vanity Fair, Garlin did not specify what led to the show investigations, but cited a “joke” he made to a stand-in on the set “that was completely missed.”

“It’s about me and my silliness on set. They don’t think it’s appropriate. I do. That’s where we’re at. I’ve not been fired because of it.” Garlin said. “I need to do what I need to do to keep my energy up and do what I do. So I don’t know what to say.” 

Garlin’s Season 9 exit came months after, and in sharp contrast, to the show’s handling of series regular George Segal, who died in March 2021. The late actor, who played Pops, was honored at the end of Season 8 with a touching 48-second video tribute to the longtime film and TV star. 

Season 9 opened with the family remembering their beloved grandfather. 

Contributing: Elise Brisco

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