Sometimes, real-world issues play a part in the trajectory of a TV show — and oftentimes, it’s the kiss of death for a show that’s run for as long as “The Goldbergs.” Unfortunately, the series has had quite a few scandals involving essential cast members. And while it’s critical to put the safety of the cast first, these issues can impact how long a series will last. When it comes to “The Goldbergs,” two stars faced allegations of unacceptable behavior. One such actor was Jeff Garlin, who played the Golberg kids’ lazy and sardonic father. In the wake of an investigation into the reports that Garlin made lewd comments and touched cast members without their consent, Garlin left “The Goldbergs”.
Garlin adamantly defended his behavior, chalking it up to his sense of humor. And despite his alleged behavior making his co-stars uncomfortable, he maintained that it was an overreaction. The actor told Vanity Fair, “It’s about me and my silliness on set. They don’t think it’s appropriate. I do. That’s where we’re at.” He maintained that leaving was his decision, adding, “I’ve not been fired because of it. We just think differently.” It’s unclear whether or not writers would have written him out if he didn’t opt to leave. Nevertheless, his absence changed the tone of the show.
When a fan insisted that creatives should have just canceled the show, series matriarch Wendi McLendon-Cove fired back on Twitter (via E! News), “It’s hard to incorporate someone who doesn’t want to be there and wants to leave mid-scene.” She added, “We [weren’t] about to re-write the 2nd half of the season. We’re doing our best.”