Well, it was only a matter of time. Chevy Chase, who has been vocal (to put it mildly) about his dissatisfaction with the show and former (*sob*) showrunner Dan Harmon, is officially dropping out of Greendale Community College. I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner, frankly.
Chase is notoriously, er, prickly to work with. He’s stated that taking the role of Hawthorne was a “big mistake,” called sitcoms “the lowest form of humor” (kind of a weird move when you’re on one), and dropped a racial slur in an on-set tirade about how his character, a bigot, was being written.
Most of the episodes of Community‘s season four have already been shot, so Chase will only be absent from the remaining one or two. And then, of course, season five, assuming there is one, which there probably won’t be. The show’s fourth season order was only for 13 episodes, half the size of a normal season, and of course it’s been pushed back from its original air date of October 19th.
(Though, as Troy and Abed explain, October 19th is more a state of mind than a fixed date on the calendar. Is it October 19th yet?)
Honestly, I would put more thought into this news and what it means for a show as a whole if I were confident Community would be around longer. As it is, I’m not even convinced I’ll tune in on its planned air date, February 7th, and not see a re-run from season three of Law & Order: SVU or something.
You’ve killed my spirit, NBC. Shame on you.