Goodbye to a legend! After playing Albert “Pops” Solomon in The Goldbergs For the past eight seasons, the late George Segal was honored with a special tribute on Wednesday’s new episode.
Segal died on March 23 at the age of 87, and portrayed the beloved grandfather of The Goldberg home for all 179 episodes of the show.
Wednesday’s episode, “Couple Off,” marked Segal’s final appearance, concluded with a heartfelt montage tribute to the actor and his beloved character.
The commemorative video featured scenes from the past eight seasons of Pops giving meaningful and insightful life advice to all members of the Goldberg family, including his daughter Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey), son-in-law Murray (Jeff Garlin), and grandchildren: Barry (Troy Gentile), Erica (Hayley Orrantia) and Adam (Sean Giambrone).
The montage ended with a simple and meaningful love message: “We will miss you, George.”
After his death, which occurred as a result of complications from bypass surgery, Adam F. Goldberg, the creator of The Goldbergs, which is loosely based on his childhood, took to Twitter to share a message of love for the man who played his character’s grandfather for nearly a decade.
“Today we lost a legend. It was a real honor to be a small part of George Segal’s amazing legacy,” Goldberg wrote, along with a montage of screenshots from different episodes showing Segal’s fan-favorite character. “By sheer fate, I ended up casting the perfect person to play Pops. Like my grandfather, George was a child at heart with a magical spark. I think these memories say it all …”
While the creator had walked away from the show during season 8, he took to Twitter on Wednesday to share his thoughts on how the loss of Segal and his character should be addressed, should there be a ninth season.
“Tonight is George’s last episode. Fans are asking what is planned for Pops. Although my comments and stories have not been used this season, I know the way to address this loss is to use my actual experience of losing my grandfather to honor George and my dad, “he wrote. “I hope to be welcome S9.”
Meanwhile, Gambrione, who plays the fictional version of Adam Goldberg, shared an emotional tribute to Segal shortly after news of his death broke.
“My heart is broken. I lost a dear friend. Working with George was an honor and some of the happiest times of my life. What a sweet and wonderful man,” Gambrione wrote. “He was my confidant and teacher. When he smiled, he changed my day. I wish everyone had known him. The prayers are with the family.”
The Goldbergs airs Wednesdays at 8 pm ET / PT on ABC.
Watch the video below to learn more about Segal’s incredible life and legacy.