Jeff Garlin Gets Emotional Speaking About Filming “Curb Your Enthusiasm”'s Final Scene: 'I Began Bawling'

Garlin also reflected on the death of his 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' costar Richard Lewis while discussing the end of the HBO series on 'The Rich Eisen Show'

Jeff Garlin doesn't want to be emotional about the end of Curb Your Enthusiasm, but the actor can't seem to help himself.

In a recent appearance on The Roku Channel's The Rich Eisen Show, Garlin, 61, teased the hit HBO series' upcoming series finale and paid tribute to his costar Richard Lewis who died last month. He also fought back tears as he discussed filming the show's final scene.

Early in the interview, Eisen asked Garlin if he was "sentimental" about the iconic comedy coming to an end after 12 seasons, to which the actor replied: "Not at all, zero, and by the way, I'm a sentimental guy."

However, as Garlin continued to discuss the filming of the final season alongside his longtime friend and scene partner Larry David, his resolve about his lack of sentimentality weakened.

<p>Steve Granitz/FilmMagic</p> Jeff Garlin is pictured arriving at the Los Angeles Premiere Of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Season 12 at Directors Guild Of America on January 30, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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Jeff Garlin is pictured arriving at the Los Angeles Premiere Of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Season 12 at Directors Guild Of America on January 30, 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

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"I have to admit something else," the Babylon actor said. "So yes, I'm not sentimental about it, but last day of filming, last scene ever of the show, and [director] Jeff Schaffer comes out and he says that's a wrap on the greatest sitcom of all-time ... and I began bawling."

As he continued to reflect on the moment, Garlin became visibly emotional all over again. "We're doing the scene, I'm inconsolable ... everybody comes up and puts their hands on my shoulder, Richard [Lewis], and Larry didn't know about it," he said.

Garlin added, "I'm all a mess and I'm walking back to my trailer and I see [Larry] coming back to just pat me on the back, saying, you know, 'I know, pal' ... now I'm getting sentimental on here!"

<p>John P. Johnson/HBO</p> (L-R) Larry David and Jeff Garlin on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'.

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(L-R) Larry David and Jeff Garlin on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'.

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The actor — who plays the fictionalized version of David's best friend and manager Jeff Greene — is one of the only cast members who has been in every season of the long-running show. During the interview, he also noted he was by David's side when the idea for Curb Your Enthusiasm was born.

"It's a bunch of crap," a teary-eyed Garlin joked. "Point being, as I told you, from the very first second I'm there with him till now. It's f---ed up!"

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Season 12 of Curb Your Enthusiasm is made all the more emotional due to the death of Lewis from a heart attack. The late actor had Parkinson's disease, which Garlin noted the comedian had a sense of humor about.

"By the way, losing Richard... you know, it wasn't a surprise because he was very ill," Garlin also shared on the podcast, recalling how the actor appeared to be slowing down on set. "It wasn't surprise, but it tore the crap out of me."



He went to tell Eisen "something funny" that his costar did whenever someone would come up and tell him he "looked good."

"He would do this," Eisen said as he jokingly coughed into his hand and said, "Parkinson's. Any compliment he would get, he would cough 'Parkinson's.'"

Curb Your Enthusiasm's series finale will air on April 7 on HBO and Max. The Rich Eisen Show can be streamed on the Roku Channel or Sirius XM Radio.

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