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the goldbergs premiered its tenth season on Wednesday night, which saw family matriarch Murray Goldberg, previously played by actor and comedian Jeff Garlin, killed. Garlin’s departure comes after allegations of misconduct on set on the ABC sitcom.
just a few hours before the goldbergsIn the season premiere, the 60-year-old actor opened up for the first time about his struggle with bipolar disorder.
“Bipolar is a motherfucker,” Garlin wrote on Instagram, in a post with comments disabled. “Sometimes he is just too much to deal with. I’m doing the best I can. This is the first time I’ve opened up about this.”
The allegations against Garlin first surfaced late last year after a vanity fair bombshell reported that cast and crew members found his verbal and physical conduct to be disrespectful and demeaning, and that it “made people feel uncomfortable”. For her part, Garlin confirmed to the publication that she had been the subject of a human resources investigation for “three years in a row for my behavior on set.”
“[A]It’s a comedian, if anyone is offended by what I say, all I can say is, ‘I’m sorry.’ Okay?” Garlin said at the time. “I’ve never been physically close to anyone, for any reason, so that I find it terribly confusing and untrue.”
He also dismissed the accusations as “silly”, although he admitted he was guilty of frequently using the word “vagina” and added that the thought of hurting people with his pranks made him sad.
The season premiere wasted no time dealing with Murray’s death after addressing Garlin’s abrupt departure in the final handful of season nine episodes using stand-ins, editing, and old audio clips.
According to Yahoo!, the episode opened with a scene in which a spotlight was turned on over Murray’s empty chair as the stage lights dimmed around him, with the adult narrator’s version of Adam Goldberg (Patton Oswalt) explaining that his father had died between seasons. .
“Just a few months ago, out of the blue, we lost my dad,” Oswalt said in a voiceover. “We will always love you, dad. Always. And we will find a way to continue together, because after all, we are the Goldbergs.”
new episodes of the goldbergs air Wednesday nights at 8:30 pm on ABC.