Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey reacts to backlash over bizarre images of Jeff Garlin

‘”The Goldbergs» regular series Wendi McLendon Covey said on social media that the long-running ABC comedy series was simply doing its best to sidestep Jeff Garlinit’s the start. The show was strongly criticized for using previously shot footage of Garlin and CGI to insert the actor’s character into episodes, and the results were bizarre for viewers. A takedown of the show posted by film critic Noel Murray elicited a response from McLendon-Covey.

“They should either cancel ‘The Goldbergs’ or kill the Jeff Garlin character because the workarounds they’ve been using this season aren’t working,” Murray said. wrote on Twitter. The reviewer’s post included video from a recent episode in which Garlin’s character is awkwardly edited into a wedding episode.

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“Thanks for the great suggestion Noel!” McLendon-Covey responded. “This season threw us into a loop because it’s hard to incorporate someone who doesn’t want to be there and wants to leave in the middle of the stage, and we weren’t about to rewrite the second half of the season. We’re doing our best.

Garlin got out ‘The Goldbergs’ last December following a series of misconduct allegations against the actor and an HR investigation into his on-set behavior. He did not complete his work on the remainder of the show’s ninth season, forcing the production team to find methods to keep his character on the show at reduced capacity.

As Variety exclusively reported, the producers decided to keep Garlin’s character on the show using off-camera dialogue and unused takes from previous episodes, as well as previously shot footage of Garlin. The actor’s stand-in is also used, with his back turned, in the group scenes. Garlin’s replacement had appeared in promotional material for the show in the past, with the actor’s head superimposed on the other man’s body.

Variety asked Sony for further comment.

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