Chevy Chase quits the NBC sitcom Community in the middle of season four, according to Deadline. Sony has reportedly confirmed the rumor.
Although episodes from the fourth season of the struggling situation comedy remain to be filmed, Chevy Chase is done portraying Pierce Hawthorne. The comedian’s departure will mean that he won’t appear in one or two episodes that have yet to be taped.
According to The Huffington Post, news of Chevy Chase’s departure from the show isn’t news to anyone that has been following the actor’s public feud with producers. A recent interview with the actor revealed his growing displeasure with Community.
“It was a big mistake!” he explained. “I just sort of hung around because I have three daughters and a wife, and I figured out I might as well make some bread, every week, so I can take care of them in the way they want. The hours are hideous, and it’s still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television.”
Last month, Chevy Chase caused production to come to screeching halt after he became incredibly upset with the horribly racist things his character was saying. During his rant on the set, Chase reportedly dropped the N-word in regards to what writers will have him say next.
A day after Chase’s explosive rant, the 69-year-old comedian issued an apology to the cast and crew for his behavior. Although he was still unhappy with the way his character is developing, he said he should never have used the N-word while expressing his anger.
As Deadline points out, most people probably won’t notice Chase’s departure since most of this season’s episodes are in the proverbial can. However, his absence will be felt should the sitcom return for another season.
Are you a fan of Chevy Chase? Are you sad to hear that he will be leaving Community?