Chevy Chase Leaves Community

Chevy ChaseAfter a long rocky three years on the set of Community, Chevy Chase has reached a mutual agreement with producers to exit the show. This departure is effective immediately. Chase filmed 11 of 13 episodes for the show’s 4th season, two of which have not been shot yet. It’s been no secret the issues Chase has had with the show, especially with the way his character Pierce Hawthorne has been written. Many of these problems had led to a public feud with creator and former showrunner Dan Harmon, who was ultimately fired at the end of the show’s 3rd season. There also has been reports of Chase walking off set during filming and profanity laced tirades. All of this has led to him leaving, and the news really isn’t all that shocking. After having the 4th season being delayed, it was announced a few days ago that the show will return to its old Thursday night time slot of 8 PM on February 7. I suppose the impact of his departure won’t truly be felt unless the show is renewed for a 5th season, which is looking unlikely at this point.

I’m a huge fan of this show, which is probably in my top 3 right now, and this news is somewhat of a bummer. Pierce Hawthorne is an integral part of the ensemble on Community, and his presence will definitely be missed if the show moves past its 4th season. I have been a little worried about the upcoming season since Harmon was fired, mostly because his influence is all over the show. With that said, the cast is still intact for the most part and that’s the best aspect of Community. I feel Harmon left the characters in a good place at the end of the 3rd season, and it looks like we’re primed for some interesting character and story developments. While I’m excited for more Community, I’m also a bit nervous that it may not be the show I once knew. I guess we’ll find out come February 7, but I must say I’m happy to have the show coming back. If you haven’t even glanced at the show, I highly suggest you do. It’s one of the most original and hilarious shows on TV right now, and it deserves more viewers.

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6 Comments

  1. Anyone that have been following the events that have been happening behind the curtains knows that this was destined to happen. Big loss though :*(

  2. Petra Foster

    YES! Didn’t I see/hear a video on YouTube about Chase ranting about the showrunner? Some swear words was in the mix…

  3. David Tatlow

    I really like this show, it’s a big favourite amongst me and some of my friends. Pierce is definitely one of our favourite characters, but the role he plays will be easier to replace than if, say, Danny Pudi left the show. The “inappropriate guy” was played really well by Chevy and I will miss him, but it’s harder to replace the characters that bring the dramatic nuances, like Abed. I don’t see the show suffering too much from his departure but, as you suggested Mike G, it’s unlikely they’ll see a 5th season. Very nice little piece, appreciate the opinion of a fan.

    • Mike G

      Totally agree that he’s the most expendable character. If the show continues past the 13 episodes that were ordered, then the writers will have to figure out how to fill that void. But as long as the core of the cast is still there, I think the show will be just fine. Of course that’s assuming it gets to that point.

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