ABC's comedy series The Goldberg's debuted in 2013, starring Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin. Two members from the production announced on December 16 that Garlin will no longer portray his character, Murray Goldberg, after allegations against his improper behavior that led to an HR investigation. Here are all the details.
Last month, on November 24, the comedian performed a comedy act at the Hollywood Improv. During his show, Garlin continuously spoke badly about The Goldbergs. The comedian explained how he didn't enjoy working on the series since becoming too politically correct. He said that he felt he must watch everything he does closely to make sure he doesn't accidentally offend anyone. Garlin said that while he is happy that the show is successful, he claimed that it's just "not for me." Instead, he would rather work on Larry David's HBO show, Curb Your Enthusiasm. In which the 59-year old works as one of the executive producers and stars as Jeff Greene.
Not long after the show, on December 4th, he sat down for an interview with Vanity Fair, where Garlin shared that an investigation had opened up against his behavior. He explained that a joke he had made on set was taken the wrong way. The actor said, "It’s about me and my silliness on set. They don’t think it’s appropriate. I do. That’s where we’re at. I’ve not been fired because of it." Garlin added, "I need to do what I need to do to keep my energy up and do what I do. So I don’t know what to say."
After playing Murray for 9 seasons on The Goldbergs, Garlin has been fired, following the accusations. Sony pictures gave a statement on the alleged behavior, “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 seems like the comedian doesn't agree with their claims, he said, "[A]s a comedian, if somebody is offended by what I say, all I can say is, I’m sorry. OK? I have never physically come at anyone, for any reason, so that I find terribly confusing and untrue.”