Why Is Community Endangering Its Shaky Return With This Stupid Dan Harmon/Chevy Chase Feud?

Chase vacillates between blunt and conciliatory:

I should have had this talk with you face to face, but I didn’t want to because I really like you. I think your writing is great. I think everything you do is great. But the problem really is Dan that you’re not there when we shoot, and you’re not there when we edit… And if you want me on this show again, I have news for you: I don’t want it. It’s just a mediocre f—king sitcom.

Regardless, he obviously never intended for this to be public. Perhaps it would have been smarter for them to talk face-to-face so no one could record the evidence, but it’s clear that he wanted to solve this not on the set, when it was just the two of them.

In his Tumblr apology last week, Harmon reiterated that the most important thing here is the show itself:

But the people that I really want to apologize to are the fans of the show. If you want to know what’s on my mind that I consider worth the attention of five million people, that’s the place to look, Thursdays at 8 on TV. Those are the stories and the jokes and observations about life and personal confessions that I intend for that large a venue.

So why do people close to the show keep dredging up this ugly feud?

The Community cast has tried to downplay the feud and focus attention back to the show, which returned on March 15th after an anxiety-inducing hiatus and yet still hasn’t reached optimal ratings despite its passionate fanbase. While guest-hosting on Live with Kelly, Joel McHale found himself in the hot seat when Kelly Ripa asked for his opinion on the feud. He laughed it off, joking, “It’s impossible because there’s no way Chevy could figure out voice mail,” but it’s clear that he was avoiding an actual answer.

Of course, their fortune could swing the opposite way and this real-life feud could be what keeps Community in the zeitgeist enough to stay on the air next year. Talking with Kelly, Joel confessed, “We don’t have the fourth season pick-up, so if this somehow helps, then yes, let’s hope that happens.”

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