‘Community’ creator Dan Harmon apologizes for Chevy Chase feud
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Chevy Chase’s name is mentioned nowhere in the blog post that appeared Tuesday on Dan Harmon’s website, but that’s exactly who the ‘Community’ creator was talking about when he apologized to fans about ‘the giant fart with my name on it that you’ve been inhaling.’
Harmon has broken his silence — kinda — regarding the controversy between himself and ‘Community’ star Chase, which broke wide when Harmon played a voicemail from the star at this Harmontown staged show, held in the back of the Meltdown comic book store in Hollywood.
According to the excerpts from the show that have been released online, Harmon was telling his audience (around 150 people according to the writer) that Chase must have been drinking when he left the angry voicemail message in which he threatened to ‘kick [Harmon’s] teeth out.’
Nowhere in the blog post does Harmon recount his side of what happened on set or at the Season 3 wrap party, where the writer reportedly led the cast and crew in a round of publicly swearing at Chase, who was there with his wife and daughter.
What he does apologize for is jeopardizing the show that he says fans have worked so hard to keep on the air. And for playing the voicemail at his show without Chase’s permission.
‘I made the horrible, childish, self-obsessed, unaware, naive and unprofessional decision to play someone’s voicemail to me,’ he wrote. ‘He didn’t intend for 150 people to listen and giggle at it, and I didn’t intend for millions of people to read angry reports about it. I was doing what I always do, and always get in trouble for doing, and always pay a steep price for doing. I was thinking about myself and I was thinking about making people laugh. I was airing my dirty laundry for a chuckle.’
Harmon says he’ll get scolded for writing the blog post and mentions that he’s working to edit the final episodes of ‘Community’s’ third season.
NBC has not yet picked up ‘Community’ for a fourth season, something very much on Harmon’s mind while writing the post. ‘I will always do everything I can to make sure we get our six seasons and a movie,’ he writes.
— Patrick Kevin Day