'Community' showrunner Dan Harmon: I got fired
"Community" Executive Producer and writer, Dan Harmon found out he had been unceremoniously fired by NBC from his position as showrunner on the scripted comedy.
Harmon confirmed the news on his official Tumblr account in a post entitled, "Hey, Did I Miss Anything" and said he didn't know why he was fired because no one said a word to him until he received a voicemail on the evening of May 18.
"Why'd Sony want me gone? I can't answer that because I've been in as much contact with them as you have. They literally haven't called me since the season four pickup, so their reasons for replacing me are clearly none of my business," Harmon wrote on Tumblr. "Community is their property, I only own ten percent of it, and I kind of don't want to hear what their complaints are because I'm sure it would hurt my feelings even more now that I'd be listening for free."
While NBC entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt said he was sure that Harmon would be "part of this show somehow," the former showrunner has never spoken to the man.
"That's a misquote. I think he meant to say he's sure cookies are yummy, because he's never called me once in the entire duration of his employment at NBC," Harmon quipped.
Harmon explained that while he is technically "signed on" by default to be "an executive consulting something or other," he doesn't have much faith that he would retain any power.
"Guys like me can't actually just be shot and left in a ditch by Skynet," Harmon joked. "We're still allowed to have a title on the things we create and 'help out,' like, I guess sharpening pencils and stuff."
Harmon went on to say that while he's not claiming "Community" will be ruined without him, it won't be his version. He also asked that fans not believe any statements put out by the network which might claim Harmon wanted to spend time with loved ones or couldn't reach a negotiated agreement because, as he said, "literally nobody called."
He ended his note talking about his mother's advice regarding bullies and how they still exist in the adult world, but use more powerful weapons. The final words of Harmon's darkly comic rant read, "I got fired. Yes, Mom. AGAIN."
NBC renewed "Community" for a 13-episode fourth season, the network confirmed to OnTheRedCarpet.com on May 11. Harmon has been replaced by "Just Shoot Me!" and "Happy Endings" alumni David Guarascio and Moses Port.
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 Donald Glover, Allison Brie, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs and Chevy Chase. Jim Rash plays the school's flamboyant Dean.
"Community" recently made headlines over Chevy Chase's feud with Harmon. The comedy veteran left Harmon a profanity-laden voice mail message, which made its way onto the web.
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."