Community is being canceled, according to Joel McHale. The Community actors haven’t failed. Instead, the show will be canceled because the actors would require too much money, said Joel.
McHale cited Allison Brie and Gillian Jacobs as examples of stars whose pay rate has become too pricey for Community to pay off, reported Metro Weekly.
“All of our contracts were up after six years,” he said. “All the actors on the show, almost without exception — their stock has risen significantly and it’s out of the pay rate that is affordable to make the show. So you’re not going to be able to get Alison Brie or Gillian Jacobs at a normal television salary anymore. There is just not enough money to be able to pay for the show.”
For Community fans, hearing that the show is canceled is deja vu. That’s because it aired on NBC before the network canceled it and it got picked up by Yahoo. Joel has also talked about a possible movie (see below).
Joel praised Yahoo.
“Yahoo paid tons of money for it because they knew that people were watching it. NBC just never liked it. They didn’t know what it was. They were always terrified and confused about what it was and we were always at the — as [creator] Dan Harmon called it — the “Vietnam of Time Slots.” We were up against the Big Bang Theory, easily the most popular show on television. [CBS head] Les Moonves even said to me, ‘Why would they put you on against us? Why wouldn’t it be alternative programming?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know. It doesn’t make any sense to me, either.’ But what drew me to the show was the uniqueness of Dan’s voice. Every week was like a whole different world.”
However, McHale also attacked NBC for cutting the Community budget prior to canceling it.
“Our budget was decreased every year we were at NBC and Yahoo significantly increased it and gave us basically no notes, according to Dan. The weird part is that NBC would send an executive to listen to the table reads when we would have them and I’d be like, ‘What are you doing here? What do you care? You canceled us.’ I wasn’t mad. I just always joked. I was like, ‘What are you doing? What do you care?'”
And the network wasn’t all that McHale dissed. He slammed the Real Housewives franchise.
“With stuff like ‘The Housewives of This and That,’ where it’s just catty hatred. The producers want there to be fights, and it exposes the ugly side of humanity,” said Joel.
Among the Real Housewives stars who might agree with him are Lisa Rinna, Brandi Glanville, and Kim Richards, all of whom experienced battles on Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills’ (RHOBH), as the Inquisitr reported.
But all is not over for Community, reported Deadline. Despite the report that it is canceled from Joel, a movie and hints of a future for the show exist.
Moreover, McHale and Yahoo both followed up on social media.
“Easy sugar-bear, Community is not canceled,” wrote Joel.
“We’ve seen tremendous value in our partnership with Sony and are continuing to discuss future opportunities for Community,” said Yahoo.
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