Dan Harmon, the creator of NBC’s Community, has called the show’s former star, Chevy Chase, a “befuddled old man”.
Chase appeared in the first four seasons of the comedy as Pierce Hawthorne, a curmudgeonly old millionaire, but, after the pair had a ferocious argument on set that then progressed into press interviews, Harmon left the show.
Meanwhile, Chase continued to bad mouth the series, saying that it was a “mistake” for him to join the comedy, and he even told an interview, “It’s still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television.”
This lead to Chase’s eventual departure, half way through season four, but now that Dan Harmon has been instated as Community’s head writer for its upcoming fifth season, he has been talking about his relationship with the comedy legend.
Harmon stated, “[Chevy is] a befuddled old man, but he’s also the guy who calls you to his trailer and shakes the script in the air and says, ‘I’m not a befuddled old man! I’m sexy! I could be the star of this show! I’m not gay. You’re writing me as if I’m gay.”
He then added, “I’d say to him, ‘Do you understand that what you’re saying is funny and it makes an interesting character?’ He would kind of blink and stare at me and go, ‘Whatever, I just don’t think it’s funny’.”
In the same feature interview, which was conducted for The Hollywood Reporter, Chase claims that both he and Harmon are now “friends again,” and then adds, “He’s brilliant and can be very funny. The reason I wanted to do the show in the first place was Dan’s writing. And I stand by that.”
Community’s fifth season will premiere on NBC in 2014 with Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong, and Gillian Jacobs all set to return, whilst Donald Glover has reduced his role on the show to only five episodes out of a possible 13.
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