Chevy Chase Leaving ‘Community’
Here is a piece of news that wouldn’t make Chevy Chase fans too happy. Turns out, Chevy Chase and the producers of NBC’s cult comedy Community are parting ways by mutual agreement. Chase’s departure from the show is effective immediately. The bulk of Community‘s 13-episode fourth-season order have been filmed. Chase won’t appear in the 1 or 2 episodes that have not been shot yet. In fact, Chase’s departure from the show was in the offing for quite some time and therefore isn’t really a surprising development.
In fact Chase has been vocal about his displeasure with the Community gig, and was even quoted as saying, “It was a big mistake! I just sort of hung around because I have three daughters and a wife, and I figured out I might as well make some bread, every week, so I can take care of them in the way they want … The hours are hideous, and it’s still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television”. Well, as you can clearly see he does not have a very high opinion of the show and was probably glad he was quitting. Chase also had a public feud with show’s creator/former showrunner Dan Harmon last year.
According to people close to the actor, Chase had been increasingly frustrated and uncomfortable with the direction of his character, Pierce, who is a bigot, and had felt that Pierce had run his course. The show recently got a February 7 Season 4 premiere date and is set to return to its regular Thursday 8 PM time slot. With a February start, Community is unlikely to go beyond the 13 ordered episodes this season. Chase will be in most of them, so his departure will be felt if the series gets a fifth season renewal.
For the uninitiated, Chevy Chase is comedian, writer, and a television and film actor. He was a key cast member in the inaugural season of Saturday Night Live. Chase is also well known for his portrayal of the character Clark Griswold in four National Lampoon’s Vacation films, and for his roles in other successful comedies such as Caddyshack (1980), Fletch (1985), and ¡Three Amigos! (1986). He has hosted the Academy Awards twice (1987 and 1988) and briefly had his own late-night talk show, The Chevy Chase Show.
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