This fall, when the ABC sitcom “The Goldbergs” premieres its tenth season, Murray, played by Jeff Garlin, will have already passed away. Showrunners Alex Barnow and Chris Bishop explained how “The Goldbergs” will handle Garlin’s messy departure from the show midway through its ninth season in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. After an HR probe over his on-set conduct, which the actor attributed to “silliness,” Garlin left by “mutual consent” with Sony Pictures Television.
Season 10 will also welcome a new addition to the family with the birth of Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Geoff’s first child on September 21.
This will be a family that has coped with a lot of things while not fully accepting the death of their father, according to Barnow. “So we’re starting out with hope for a baby on the way and excitement for the future. It provides a chance to explore the intriguing emotional underpinnings of how individuals behave.
“It honestly feels like a huge relaunch for us,” Bishop continued. We are thus entering this new season with a shitload of momentum.
Contrary to Pops [George Segal] and the Season 9 opener, when they are sort of dealing with it very freshly, the family has previously experienced grief, according to Barnow. Jeff [Garlin] won’t be appearing in the series this year, and so far, the stories have tended to focus more on looking ahead than back.
When asked if Garlin knows his character is being killed off, Barnow responded, “I’ve talked to Jeff and he’s aware that he’s not being replaced.” The response to that inquiry would be, “I don’t know if he understands what his fate is, but I’m guessing he knows.” He wouldn’t have any precise clarification on it as we haven’t spoken since the beginning of writing.
As Murray’s passing draws the family closer, the showrunners said that Pop-Pop (Judd Hirsch) will appear more frequently in Season 10. Additionally, they hinted that David Hasselhoff will appear as himself.
For the first time in the show’s nine-season history, Garlin will not appear at all during season 10 of “The Goldbergs.” The 22-episode Season 9 of the programme was recording its 15th and 16th episodes when Garlin was abruptly fired owing to the claims. The celebrity nevertheless continued to make appearances via off-camera conversation taken from prior episodes and unused takes, as well as previously filmed pictures. Garlin continued to get compensation for his services on the show at that time.
In a previous interview with Vanity Fair, Garlin addressed the accusations levelled against him, stating, “Well, to be honest with you, there is no story. Sony and I disagree on a matter of opinion.
“In my view, I have a technique regarding how I am humorous, in terms of the scenario and what I have to do,” he stated. They believe it creates an, quote, “unsafe” working environment. Mind you, I don’t understand how my foolishness creates a dangerous workplace. I’ve always been a considerate and caring person. Yes, I do make errors. However, I use comedy to make people feel better. Why would I ever want to hurt someone only to make someone laugh? Bullying, that. That is absolutely not appropriate.
Following the publication of the interview, Garlin left “The Goldbergs” on amicable terms.