NBC’s Community took home top honors at last night’s Critics’ Choice TV awards but its recently fired showrunner Dan Harmon wasn’t there to witness the happy celebration. According to Harmon, he wasn’t even invited!
Community, a show that always seems to be on the bubble of getting cancelled took home the top honor of Best Comedy, but Harmon was said to be a no-show. However, according to the fired showrunner he simply wasn’t invited. After the ceremony, Harmon set the record straight n a tweet, writing, “Congrats, ‘Community,’ and thank you, critics. Sorry I was unable to have been invited!”
There in his behalf to accept the award were cast members Joel McHale, Dani Pudi, and Gillian Jacobs, and executive producer Russ Kransoff. McHale paid tribute to Harmon, saying as he accepted the award, “First, we want to thank show creator Dan Harmon,” which was met with a big applause by the crowd. Later in his speech he went on to thank the critics like Harmon, saying, “without critics, this show would never have existed.”
Controversy started at the end of the upfronts season in May when it was announced, prior to Harmon’s knowledge, that he was being let go from the show, and was being replaced by David Guarascio and Moses Port. This move by the studio came after a feud with Community cast member Chevy Chase, which went public after a voice mail was leaked of the actor lambasting Harmon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, representatives for NBC and Sony Television couldn’t be reached for a comment.