‘The Goldbergs’ co-star says Jeff Garlin didn’t ‘want to be there’

The Goldbergs actress Wendi McLendon-Covey has slammed her former co-star Jeff Garlin, who abruptly left the ABC sitcom last year while still filming its ninth season.

McLendon-Covey, 52, mocked the 59-year-old actor for not wanting to “be there” on set to film scenes and suggested he wanted to leave “in the middle of the scene”. She shared her opinion in response to a tweet from freelance journalist Noel Murray, who suggested that the series should either kill off Garlin’s character, family patriarch Murray Goldberg, or be canceled altogether, rather than reusing footage already shot to make scenes on Gel.

“They should either cancel The Goldbergs or kill Jeff Garlin’s character because the workarounds they used this season don’t work,” Murray wrote, including a clip of a wedding scene that appeared to be heavily edited.

Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin appear in an episode of the ABC series "The Goldbergs."
Wendi McLendon-Covey and Jeff Garlin appear in an episode of the ABC series The Goldbergs.
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His tweet brought a sharp answer by McLendon-Covey.

“Thanks for the great suggestion, Noel!” McLendon-Covey fell silent back before alluding to Garlin’s alleged disinterest that surfaced on the sitcom. “This season threw us off course because a) it’s difficult to fit someone who doesn’t want to be there and walk in the middle of the scene, and b) we weren’t about to rewrite the second half of the season to write .”

She concluded her reply, “We’re doing our best.”

McLendon-Covey and ABC both declined to comment on representatives when contacted by The Post, which had also requested an explanation from Garlin.

Variety previously reported that the series would reuse off-camera dialogue, unused takes and other footage of Garlin and include the actor’s deputy – shown from behind – in group scenes.

Garlin left the series last year following allegations of misconduct and “abusive” behavior on set.

“He’s extremely verbally and emotionally abusive,” an anonymous contributor told Goldberg’s Deadline in December.

Jeff Garlin appears in a cast photo for "The Goldbergs" along with Hayley Orrantia, George Segal, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone and Troy Gentile.
Jeff Garlin appears in a cast photo for The Goldbergs along with Hayley Orrantia, George Segal, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sean Giambrone and Troy Gentile.
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He previously admitted in a Vanity Fair interview that he was the subject of a human resources investigation into allegations over a three-year period, but also claimed that he was “not fired” from the show.

“It is always the same. It’s about me and my silliness on set. They don’t think it’s appropriate. I do. Here we are. I wasn’t fired for that. We just think differently,” he said during the Vanity Fair interview.

The cast and crew were reportedly taken aback by Garlin’s supposedly demeaning language, which Garlin himself didn’t seem to understand.

“I have to be honest with you. I don’t even know how to answer that because as a comedian, all I can say is if anyone is offended by what I’m saying, I’m sorry. In order? I’ve never physically approached anyone for some reason, so I find it terribly confusing and untrue,” he told the publication, adding that he thinks “whoever feels this way is targeting me.”

Garlin also said he’s “a sure hugger person,” in response to claims that the show’s staff were even upset by his fondness for it.

“And they’re quick hugs, but I didn’t realize anyone felt — so if you’re going to write this story, it’s a true story. It puts an obligation on them to say something, and I’d like to respect anyone who says, ‘Please don’t hug me. I do not feel comfortable.'”

In the aforementioned Twitter thread that pulled McLendon-Covey’s response, she also responded a comment from a commenter who wrote“If my co-workers tried to fire me for some jokes I made, I wouldn’t be too thrilled to be involved either.”

McLendon-Covey wrote in a reply that included a whopping 11 laughing emojis: “Right. It definitely happened!”

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