Chevy Chase gets support in feud with 'Community' creator Dan Harmon
NBC's "Community" just returned to NBC after an extended hiatus and there are already reports of a rift on set between Chevy Chase and show creator Dan Harmon.
According to multiple sources, Chase walked off set last month, during one of his scenes which was intended to wrap up the season finale. Then during the season wrap party, Harmon slammed the actor in front of his wife and daughter and led the crew in chanting "[Expletive] Chevy."
Chase and his family left immediately and left Harmon a profane-laden voice mail message, which has made its way onto the web. In the message, Chase attributes his walk-off to not getting a script beforehand.
"You didn't give us a script to begin with so nobody knew what the [expletive] was going on," Chase said in the voicemail (listen below). "I don't get talked to like that by anybody, certainly not in front of my wife and daughter."
Several crew members confirmed the series of events to Deadline and supported Chase, acknowledging that the actors were "suffering through a 'non-script day'" and noting that most of the cast and crew felt Harmon's actions at the wrap party were inappropriate.
Chase opened up the incident with The Huffington Post and told them, "I probably won't be around that much longer, frankly... I have creative issues with this show. I always have."
The veteran actor, who is best known for his roles in the National Lampoons films and on "Saturday Night Live," did admit that his co-stars have become his family.
The show's third season premiered on March 15 and stars Joel McHale, who also hosts "The Soup," as Jeff Winger, a former lawyer who goes to Greendale Community College to get his bachelor's degree after it is discovered he lied about having one. Once there, he unwillingly becomes part of a study group that includes Donald Glover, "Mad Men" actress Allison Brie, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs and Chevy Chase. Recent Oscar winner Jim Rash plays the school's flamboyant Dean.
It is not known how the feud will affect the show's future, but there has been no word on whether it has been picked up for a fourth season.
Listen to Chevy Chase's voicemail to "Community" creator Dan Harmon below (Warning: Contains explicit language).