Chevy Chase reportedly used N-word during 'Community' rant, apologizes
Chevy Chase is at the center of another controversy on the set of "Community."
The comedic actor reportedly used the N-word during a rant about his character while on the set of the sitcom on Friday, October 21, according to TV Line. The report says the actor formally apologized in front of the whole cast and crew for using the slur.
On the show, Chase plays Pierce Hawthorne, a curmudgeon who is in the show's main study group of characters. Chase was reportedly frustrated that his character has become increasingly bigoted and questioned the dialogue in a scene while African-American cast mates Donald Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown were on set. However, the report says the slur was not directed towards the two actors.
NBC, the network which airs "Community," and spokespeople for Chase have not commented on the report. TMZ was the first to report about the incident.
This is the second time this year in which Chase has had friction on the set of the program. Chase previously had a very public fight with former "Community" showrunner and series creator Dan Harmon.
According to multiple sources, Chase walked off the set in March, 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 left Harmon a profanity-laden voice mail message, which made its way onto the web.
Harmon later wrote about being unceremoniously fired from his position as the showrunner of the comedy series.
Chase has also admitted in the past that he has had creative issues with the show. In March, Chase told the Huffington Post of the show, "I probably won't be around that much longer, frankly... I have creative issues with this show. I always have."
The show 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 Glover, Allison Brie, Danny Pudi, Brown, Gillian Jacobs and Chase. Jim Rash plays the school's flamboyant Dean.
It was initially scheduled to return for its fourth season on October 19, but NBC recently delayed the premiere due to scheduling conflicts, according to TV Line.