in the series The Goldbergs they had a hot potato in their hands. The media had revealed that actor Jeff Garlin, who played the patriarch of the family sitcom, was hell on the set. He did not respect the rest of the workers and, instead of apologizing, argued that it was his working method as a comedian. After nine seasons on the payroll, the producers could no longer turn a deaf ear, especially when the actor’s behavior had made headlines. And, between the ninth and tenth seasons, the writers have had to kill his character.
The showrunner of the series, Alex Barnow, had reported what his plan was and in the episode broadcast this Wednesday in the United States it was confirmed. “That year, there was something that made everything stop,” said the character of Adam Goldberg (Sean Giambrone) who serves as the center for this comedy halfway between The Wonder Years, by x-raying other times (to be exact, the eighties ), and Modern family.
Human Resources had been investigating the actor for three years when he was fired during the ninth season for his abusive behavior on set.
The audience found the Goldberg family going in and out of the living room while the chair of Murray, the character played by Garlin, remained empty. They had finally killed him. “Just a few months ago, out of the blue, we lost my father. We will always love you, Dad. Always. And we will find a way to move forward together. Because, after all, we are the Goldbergs ”, explained the fictional son acting as a narrator, according to the portal dead line.
In this way, the series produced by Sony Pictures Television and broadcast on the ABC channel, owned by Disney, got rid of a problematic factor. Among Garlin’s unacceptable behaviors were outbursts such as, after workers complained about her because she spent the day joking about her grandmother’s vagina, she grabbed a worker while yelling “vagina” in her face her.
Another day, for example, he was walking around the set, he yelled at a female worker: “Why are you always in my way? Get out of my fucking way!” He then texted that woman’s husband, also a member of the team, a message: “Tell your wife to get out of my fucking way.” While in an interview he wanted to downplay the matter (“They didn’t get the joke”), witnesses to the events defended the accusers: there was nothing humorous there and it was “extremely abusive.”
Garlin himself acknowledged that he had been investigated by human resources for three years after multiple complaints about making filming difficult with his attitude, behavior and constant outbursts. “If he had threatened people, this would be an unsafe work atmosphere. But this never happens with me. It’s not who I am. I’m sorry to tell you that there is no great news here. Unless you want to write an article about political correctness.” responded to journalist Maureen Ryanspecializing in abuse in Hollywood.
In the tenth season of ‘The Goldbergs’, the writers have finally ‘killed’ his character: “We will always love you, dad”
The conclusions of the investigation, in fact, led to his dismissal in the middle of the ninth season of The Goldbergs. The writing team had to concentrate their efforts on the rest of the Goldberg family members played by Giambrone, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Troy Gentile and Hayley Orrantia, trying not to notice the absence of Garlin and her character in the episodes. . However, at the end of the season, when the daughter’s character, Erica, got married, they had to solve her absence with CGI: they preferred poorly resolved visual effects to inviting Garlin.
Jeff Garlin therefore joins the select club of actors who were fired due to controversies that prevented them from firing their characters on terms like Martin Sheen in Two and a half Men and Roseanne Barr at the revival of roseannewhich after his departure had to be renamed The Conners.