Former “The Goldbergs” star and comedian Jeff Garlin — who left the long-running sitcom last year in the wake of misconduct allegations — has revealed he is suffering from bipolar disorder.
“Bipolar is a motherf-ker. Sometimes it’s just too much to deal with,” Garlin, 60, wrote on Instagram late Tuesday night.
“I’m doing the best I can. This the first time that I’ve opened up about this.”
The announcement comes only hours ahead of the show’s 10th season premiere without his character, tonight at 8:30 pm
The post reached out to a representative for Garlin for comment.
His character, patriarch Murray Goldberg, is being killed off — not replaced — for the show’s 10th season, co-showrunner Alex Barnow told Entertainment Weekly.
“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,” Barnow said when asked if Garlin was aware of his character’s fate. “We haven’t had a subsequent conversation since the beginning of writing that he would have any specific clarity on that.”
Last December, Garlin told Vanity Fair that there had been three years of human resources investigations due to his allegedly inappropriate conduct.
“It’s always the same thing. It’s about me and my silliness on set. They don’t think it’s appropriate. I do. That’s where we’re at. I’ve not been fired because of it. We just think differently,” Garlin told the outlet at the time.
Others have characterized his behavior differently.
“He is extremely verbally and emotionally abusive,” an anonymous “Goldbergs” employee told Deadline.
Garlin, who also stars alongside Larry David in “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” mutually parted ways with “The Goldbergs” while the ninth season was still in production, Deadline reported.
Co-star Wendi McLendon-Covey, who plays Garlin’s on-screen wife Beverly Goldberg, said in March that he was apathetic toward the show, adding the cast and crew had been “doing our best” to handle the situation. The show used gimmicks like a body double to fill holes left by Garlin’s sudden departure.
“This season threw us for a loop because a.) it’s hard to incorporate someone who doesn’t want to be there and wants to leave mid-scene, and b.) we weren’t about to re-write the 2nd half of the season,” McLendon-Covey tweeted in March.
In 2019, Deadline reported that Garlin was nearly let go from the ABC sitcom because of his liberal use of the word “vagina” and other vulgar terms like “balls” on set. He also allegedly used offensive nicknames for longtime female colleagues.
“I was saying some really stupid silly things that I can’t believe that anyone would find offensive, but to each his own,” Garlin told The Post in 2019.
He continued: “Every time I stand up [on the set] I go, ‘Oh my [female genitalia].’ Which is silly and stupid, I clearly don’t have [female genitalia]. And I said to them, ‘I understand if I worked at an insurance office and there’s a bunch of desks — that’s inappropriate. But in a comedic atmosphere it’s stupid.’ They said, ‘What if we fire you?’ and I said, ‘I’d love to have it announced Jeff Garlin got fired for saying [that].’”