The Goldbergs‘s 10th season premiere on Wednesday was bittersweet because it was revealed that Jeff Garlin’s character, family patriarch Murray Goldberg, had died. Garlin, who had been on the show for nine seasons, was the subject of a studio investigation after some of the show’s employees accused him of workplace harassment.
Following the investigation, Garlin exited the show. While the actor claims he was not fired, Vanity Fair cited unnamed former show employees who alleged he “engaged in a pattern of verbal and physical conduct on set that made people uncomfortable.”
Despite the controversial context surrounding Garlin’s departure, the writers and cast honored his character’s passing. The show opened with a scene showing Murray’s empty chair as the stage lights dimmed and a spotlight was shone on the character’s former seat.
“Just a few months ago, out of nowhere, we lost my dad,” said Adam Goldberg, who is also the show’s narrator. “We will always love you, Dad. Always. And we’ll find a way to continue on together, because after all, we’re the Goldbergs.”
On Tuesday, Garlin took to Instagram to reveal for the first time that he is living with bipolar disorder. Mayo Clinic describes bipolar disorder as “a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression).”
The Goldbergs 10th airs Wednesday’s at 8:30 pm on ABC.
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