Jeff Garlin addresses allegations of misconduct on set of ‘The Goldbergs’

Actor Jeff Garlin says he has not been fired from his role on the sitcom “The Goldbergs” – although he has admitted he has been the subject of several HR investigations into his specific behavior.

“No, I wasn’t fired from Goldberg. I wasn’t fired from Goldbergs,” Garlin, who plays disgruntled patriarch Murray Christian Goldberg on the ABC sitcom, told Vanity Fair in an interview published Friday.

Garlin, 59, said he’s been investigated by Human Resources in every one of the past three years for things he said on set, which he categorized as silly, misunderstood jokes that rubbed some cast and crew the wrong way. .

“It’s always the same. It’s about me and my generosity on set. They don’t think it’s appropriate. I do. That’s where we are. I wasn’t fired because of it. We just think differently,” he said during the interview.

In 2019, Garlin said he was nearly fired for inappropriate language he used on set. “I was saying some really stupid silly things that I can’t believe anyone would find offensive, but to each their own,” he told The Post at the time.

Jeff Garlin, 59, said he’s been investigated by HR in each of the past three years for things he said on set.
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The disturbing language and behavior on set appear to have persisted ever since, with members of the cast and crew telling Vanity Fair that Garlin’s language on set was offensive. Others said they felt uncomfortable with the actor’s embrace.

“I have to be honest with you. I don’t even know how to respond to that, because as a comedian, if someone is offended by what I say, all I can say is, I’m sorry. OK?” He told the magazine, “I’ve never physically confronted anyone, For whatever reason, so I find it very confusing and untrue,” claiming that he believes “Whoever feels this way is out for me.”

In response to the hug allegations, Garlin said he’s “a hug person for sure.”

Jeff Garlin plays Pops, the Patriarch of Goldberg, in
Jeff Garlin plays Pops, the Patriarch of Goldberg, in “The Goldbergs.”
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“It’s a quick hug, but I didn’t realize anyone was feeling that — so if you want to write that story, this is a true story. It puts a burden on them to say something, and I would gladly respect anyone who said, ‘Please don’t hug me.'” I don’t feel comfortable.”

He said he did not plan to hug anyone again.

Garlin said he’s never had a problem with negative experiences with the cast and crew of any productions besides “The Goldbergs,” comparing that to his time with HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which he co-stars with Larry David.

“Now when I’m on Curb Your Enthusiasm, for example, if I’m not doing the things we’re talking about, Larry David — or the photographer, the producer, from a woman — a lot of people come up to me and ask if I’m okay. 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.”

The actor said that there are about seven or eight episodes left of filming for the ninth season of “The Goldbergs.” He added that he had a “gut feeling” that the show would not return next year.


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