Jeff Garlin Exits The Goldbergs Following HR Investigations

ABC’s long-running comedy The Goldbergs lost a series regular when George Segal died earlier this year. Now another star who plays a member of the Goldbergs clan, Jeff Garlin, is departing following multiple misconduct allegations and HR investigations.

According to sources, a mutual agreement was reached today that Garlin will not be returning to the show. His exit is effective immediately. Reps for Sony Pictures Television, which produces the comedy, had no comment.

The veteran comedian addressed some of the accusations in an extensive interview with Vanity Fair’s Maureen Ryan earlier this month, in which he also denied speculation that he has been fired from the show.

Garlin was believed to have one more day of shooting left this season, which consists of 18 episodes, after his schedule had been reduced.

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Following the VF interview, Deadline was contacted by a number of current and former co-workers of Garlin. Speaking on condition of anonymity over fear of retribution, they spoke of a great work environment on the show where cast and crew members love each other, which would change dramatically on the days Garlin is on set.

“He is extremely verbally and emotionally abusive,” a Goldbergs employee told Deadline.

In his VF interview, Garlin dismissed accusations of being verbally offensive by saying that he is just being “silly” as part of his schtick as a comedian. He did note his penchant for dropping the word “vagina” on the set.

According to a source on the show, a camera assistant made a complaint to her department head about Garlin’s use of the word. After the actor found out, he reportedly put his hands around her and kept saying “vagina” in her face over and over again. Overall, Garlin’s go-to jokes that some on the show find offensive are talking about grandma’s vagina, balls and brassier, a co-worker said. Multiple sources on the show also reported about him using an anti-gay slur. Additionally, he would not address some longtime female crew members by name using instead nicknames that some also consider offensive.

The VF interview addresses an incident involving Garlin and two longtime stand-ins on the show, a married couple.

Garlin referred to it as “a joke that was completely missed—because I like this guy. I like his wife. I’ve worked with them for years.”

According to an eyewitness who was present, Garlin did not appear to be joking as he walked behind the female stand-in. “He screamed at her, ‘why are you always in my way? Get the f*ck out of my way’ as she was walking down the ramp on the set after they had done blocking for a scene. She was confused and looked around.” Garlin then turned to the woman’s husband,, saying, “tell your wife to get the f*ck out of my way”.

According to sources, cast and crew were appalled, and “was the straw that broke the camel back” in terms of their tolerance for Garlin’s antics.

“Not just he would intimated that woman then he’d turn around and belittle and embarrass her husband,” the witness said.  “This is just the grossest abuse of power.”

Since that incident, which happened about eight weeks ago, Garlin has only been in a couple of times, sources said.


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