Jeff Garlin is leaving The Goldbergs. The actor, who plays Murray Goldberg on ABC’s long-running comedy series, has been involved in multiple misconduct allegations and HR investigations. Sources told Variety that the actor’s exit was a mutual decision, and that his termination is effective immediately.
In a December 3 interview with Vanity Fair, Garlin confirmed that an HR investigation into his on-set conduct has been ongoing for the last three years. However, he denied rumors that he had been fired from The Goldbergs.
Garlin also dismissed allegations of being verbally offensive on set, saying he was being “silly,” though he also acknowledged that he often used the word “vagina.”
He added that the idea he hurt people by missing the mark while trying to joke around “makes me sad.”
When the investigation was published, Sony Pictures Television also commented via a spokesperson to People, saying, “The well-being of our cast and crew is of utmost importance to us. This is an employment matter, and it is being addressed by HR and production.”
It’s unclear how Garlin’s exit will affect the current season of The Goldbergs, but the next episode is slated to air on Jan. 5, 2022.