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Jeff Garlin has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
The 60-year-old comedy actor has taken to social media to discuss his diagnosis, admitting it can be “too much to deal with” at times.
Jeff – who departed his ABC sitcom The Goldbergs mid-way through season nine – said on Instagram: “Bipolar is a mother******. Sometimes it’s just too much to deal with. I’m doing the best I can. This the first time that I’ve opened up about this. #bipolar (sic)”
Jeff quit the sitcom in 2021, amid complaints about his on-set behaviour.
And the actor opened up about his mental health shortly before the premiere of Season 10 of the show, in which it was revealed that his on-screen character, Murray Goldberg, had been killed off.
Alex Barnow, who is a co-showrunner on the sitcom, recently explained how the issue would be approached in Season 10.
Alex shared: “This is going to be a family that has not reconciled the fact that their father’s gone but has sort of moved on and has dealt with a lot of that. It’s an opportunity for this interesting emotional basis for the way people are behaving.”
Co-showrunner Chris Bishop also described the new season as a new beginning for the sitcom.
Chris said: “It honestly feels like a huge reboot for us. So we have tons of momentum rolling into this new season.”
Meanwhile, Wendi McLendon-Covey previously hit back at criticism of season nine, following Jeff’s decision to quit the show.
The 52-year-old actress admitted that the production had been thrown off course by Jeff’s sudden exit – but she dismissed calls for the sitcom to be scrapped.
In response to the criticism, Wendi said on Twitter: “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. We’re doing our best (sic)”
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