Jeff Garlin’s Character On ‘The Goldbergs’ Is Killed After Controversial Exit From The Show

The GoldbergsThe 10th season premiere on Wednesday was bittersweet as it was revealed that Jeff Garlin’s character, family patriarch Murray Goldberg, had passed away. Garlin, who had been on the show for nine seasons, was the subject of a studio investigation after some of the show’s employees accused him of harassment at work.

Following the investigation, Garlin left the show. While the actor claims he was not fired, Vanity Fair cited unnamed former show employees who claimed he “engaged in a pattern of verbal and physical behavior on set that made people uncomfortable.”

Despite the controversial context surrounding Garlin’s departure, the writers and cast honored his character’s passing. The show opened with a scene showing Murray’s empty seat as the stage lights dimmed and a spotlight shone on the character’s former seat.

“Just a few months ago, out of nowhere, we lost my father,” said Adam Goldberg, who is also the show’s narrator. “We will always love you, Dad. Always. And we will find a way to move forward together, because after all, we are the Goldbergs.”

On Tuesday, Garlin . took Instagram to reveal for the first time that he lives with bipolar disorder. Mayo Clinic describes bipolar disorder as “a mental illness that causes extreme mood swings, including emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression).”

The Goldbergs 10th airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

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