What Happened to Murray on The Goldbergs?

April 2, 2024

Unlike Roseanne and Two And A Half Men, The Goldbergs did not kill off Jeff Garlin's Murray Goldberg. But the ABC sitcom did address his death in a way that was somewhat oblique.

During Wednesday's season 10 premiere, Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) decides to clean out her hallway closet and donate Murray's clothes to Goodwill. But she goes a bit far and also gets rid of his recliner, which the family affectionately refers to as "Murray's chair." The decision angers Erica, who was hoping to use the chair in her nursery. Fortunately, Pop-Pop finds the chair on the curb before it's hauled away and takes it in to be converted into a rocking chair for the baby.

Did Jeff Garlin Know 'The Goldbergs' Was Writing Him Out?

Last year, the actor was fired from the sitcom following HR investigations into concerns about his on-set behavior. But the series managed to wrap up filming for season 9 and, according to showrunner Alex Barnow, the current season will pick up "multiple months" after Murray's death.

Garlin himself addressed his exit in a recent interview with SiriusXM's Andy Cohen, saying that his dismissal had been "long overdue." But he also made it clear that he didn't want to return to The Goldbergs.

It's unclear whether he knew his character was being killed off, but the episode certainly felt like a goodbye to the character. But, as Vanity Fair points out, it isn't all that unusual for a sitcom to kill off a character that's been around for a while, particularly one that has seen its share of scandals over the years.

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