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Actor Jeff Garlin reveals he has bipolar disorder

Actor Jeff Garlin, known for his roles in ‘The Goldbergs’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, revealed this week that he has bipolar disorder.

“Bipolar is a mother—” Garlin wrote in an Instagram post with a photo of comedy legend Jack Benny reacting to a Mad Magazine issue. “Sometimes it’s just too much to handle. I do the best that I can. It’s the first time I’ve spoken about it. »

Garlin, who played family patriarch Murray Goldberg on ‘The Goldbergs,’ abruptly left the sitcom in December midway through its ninth season amid a three-year human resources investigation into his on-set behavior. after several employees of the show filed complaints. . The sitcom is one of ABC’s most successful shows.

Garlin and Sony Pictures Television, which produces the show, had reached a mutual agreement for his departure.

Vanity Fair reported the same month that Garlin allegedly engaged in a pattern of verbal and physical conduct that made some of his co-workers uncomfortable.

He was accused of engaging in demeaning or unprofessional behavior and using language that some considered inappropriate and demeaning to women. Garlin also allegedly touched or hugged people on set whether they were comfortable or not, according to complaints from three former “Goldbergs” employees.

“He got away with it because he thought he was a big teddy bear, saying things like, ‘Oh you know me, just a big bowl of mush, I’m a hug. I just love you,” a source who worked with Garlin told Vanity Fair.

In the same Vanity Fair article, Garlin called the accusations “foolishness” and people missing his jokes, and also denied any accusations of physical misconduct.

“I make mistakes, of course. But my comedy is all about relieving people’s pain,” Garlin said at the time. “Why would I want to cause someone pain for a laugh? It’s bullying. It’s just unwarranted.

He also admitted to hugging people, but said he was unaware of how others felt about his behavior.

“If I make somebody feel bad about it and feel uncomfortable, that’s bad,” Garlin said, but added that those around him had a responsibility to say so.

To deal with Garlin’s exit, “The Goldberg” showrunners decided to kill off his character. The long-running comedy premiered its 10th season on Wednesday night.

“[Murray] will be past, and we’re sort of starting from a place months away from his death,” showrunners Chris Bishop and Alex Barnow told Entertainment Weekly in August. “The family has already mourned. … It’s going to be a family that hasn’t come to terms with the fact that their father is gone, but has kind of moved on and dealt with that a lot. … It’s an opportunity for this interesting emotional basis for the way people behave. But Jeff won’t be on the show this year, and so far the stories have largely focused on the future rather than the past.

Despite the scandal, Garlin has continued to find work in Hollywood, reprising his role as Larry David’s manager on the HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” which was renewed for a 12th season this year and slated to begin filming this fall. .

He also landed a supporting role in Damien Chazelle’s period comedy-drama “Babylone,” which follows a young actor pursuing a career in 1920s Hollywood and is slated for a Christmas release.