Let's just say Murray Goldberg won't be returning.
It looks like ABC is killing off any chance of Jeff Garlin returning to The Goldbergs by—spoiler alert—literally killing his character, Murray Goldberg.
After an investigation was launched into allegations of Garlin acting inappropriately toward people on the set of the popular sitcom, Garlin left The Goldbergs midway through Season 9.
Ever since, fans have been curious as to how the show would address his absence in season 10. Now, we have the answer; as co-showrunner Alex Barnow confirmed to Entertainment Weekly, The Goldbergs Season 10 will start a few months after Murray's death.
In the interview, Barnow said, "This is going to be a family that has not reconciled the fact that their father's gone but has sort of moved on and has dealt with a lot of that."
Co-showrunner Chris Bishop described the upcoming season as a new phase for The Goldbergs, saying, "It honestly feels like a huge reboot for us. So we have tons of momentum rolling into this new season."
When asked if Garlin knew the fate of his character, Barnow stated, "I've had a conversation with Jeff and he's aware that he's not being replaced. The truth is, I don't know if he knows what his fate is, but I'm assuming he knows, would be the answer to that question."
How did Jeff Garlin's Character Die on The Goldbergs?
We don't know! The Goldbergs chose to sidestep the specifics of Murray’s death. Instead of revealing his cause of death, the season premiere picked months after his death and only noted that he had died.
Vanity Fair reported on the misconduct allegations when they first surfaced in late 2021. A source told the publication that Garlin would touch and hug people on set without consideration of whether or not they were comfortable with it.
The source said, "He got away with it because he would call himself out for it—saying he was a big teddy bear, saying things like, 'Oh you know me, just a big bowl of mush, I'm a hugger. I just love you.'"
In the same article, Garlin addressed the allegations himself, and he revealed that he was investigated by HR at ABC three times for his behavior on set.
Sharing his opinion on the matter, he said, "Well, here's the thing. When I say I respect people, it's like, 'Let me know what you want to be called. Let me know what your boundaries are.' And I will [honor them]. I don't do general boundaries, except for common decency. Other than that, I don't. I'm a comedian and I'm sorry, but boundaries are meant to be broken."
The announcement of his departure from The Goldbergs came not long after the Vanity Fair article was published.