Jeff Garlin has landed his first job since leaving The Goldbergs amid allegations of misconduct on the set.
The actor, 60, will be joining the cast on Mindy Kaling’s Never Have I Ever on Netflix for its fourth and final season.
He’s been cast as a sandwich maker named Len, for whom Nirmala develops a crush. Ranjita Chakravarty, 62, plays the widowed grandmother to Maitreyi Ramakrishnan’s Devi on the People’s Choice Award winning show.
New job: Jeff Garlin, 60, has landed his first job since leaving The Goldbergs amid allegations of misconduct on the set. He’ll be joining the cast on Mindy Kaling’s Never Have I Ever on Netflix for its fourth and final season (Pictured in New York in May 2017)
Jeff’s character, Murray, was killed off at the beginning of season 10 of The Goldbergs, with Sean Giambrone’s character, Adam, explaining in the opening narration ‘just a few months ago, out of nowhere, we lost my dad.’
In a December 2021 interview with Vanity Fair, the comedian admitted that he had been approached by Human Resources at Sony, the studio that produces The Goldbergs, for three years in a row regarding reports of verbal and physical behavior, including hugging, on the set that was making others uncomfortable.
One source alleged the star would react to any pushback by 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.”’
The Goldbergs: Jeff portrayed partriach Murray Goldberg on the comedy series for nine years. His character was killed off at the beginning of season 10
Allegations: Some cast and crew on the set of The Goldbergs reported feeling uncomfortable by some of Jeff’s language and physical actions, such as hugging
HR: Jeff revealed HR had approached him for three years about the concerns before he left the show. He attributed the concerns to ‘silly’ behavior that was part of his preparation for a scene (Pictured in New York in September 2017)
Jeff attributed the concerns as a reaction to his scene preparation saying, ‘I have my process about how I’m funny, in terms of the scene and what I have to do. They feel that it makes for a quote “unsafe” workspace.’
‘Now, mind you,’ he continued, ‘my silliness making an unsafe workspace—I don’t understand how that is.’
The Studio 666 actor said he didn’t feel the perceptions were in line with the person he is.
Curb Your Enthusiasm: The comedian has continued to work on Curb Your Enthusiasm as star Larry David’s manager and best friend, Jeff Greene
Executive producer: Jeff is also an executive producer on the long running HBO comedy (Pictured in Los Angeles in October 2021)
‘I’m on a comedy show. I am always a kind and thoughtful person. I make mistakes, sure. But my comedy is about easing people’s pain. Why would I ever want to cause pain in anybody for a laugh? That’s bullying. That’s just uncalled for.’
The comic has continued to work on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm as Larry David’s manager and best friend, Jeff Greene.
He also serves as an executive producer on the comedy. Jeff also has a role in Babylon, which opens in theaters December 23.
Babylon: Jeff has a role in Babylon, which opens in theaters Friday, December 23