Jeff Garlin’s Character on ‘The Goldbergs’ Removed Ahead of Season 10 Premier

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Murray Goldberg has been killed off between seasons.

September 21 will see the premier of the tenth season of ABC’s period sitcom, The Goldbergs. However, in-between this new season and the previous season, the creators of the show had a problem that needed to be resolved. Near the end of the ninth season’s production, Jeff Garlin, who plays the family’s father, Murray Goldberg, left production due to an investigation of on-set misconduct. The creators were able to finish the season with some filming tricks, but these tricks wouldn’t work for an entirely new season. As such, they’ve decided to take the most expedient route.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the show’s producer, Alex Barnow, announced that Murray has been killed off between seasons. “[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,” Barnow explained. “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.”

Barnow noted that while he was reasonably sure Garlin knew his character wouldn’t return to the show, he wasn’t sure if he knew his character was being killed off. “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.”

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