If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Fans of NBC's 'Community' are probably well-acquainted with the tension that frequently cropped up behind the scenes. This tension usually boiled down to the temperamental Chevy Chase, who plays the curmudgeonly Pierce Hawthorne, and his constant issues with show creator Dan Harmon. Chase made no secret of his distaste for the writing and jokes; often storming off set or just flat out refusing to take part in certain gags. When 'Community' was scheduled to return to the airwaves, sans Mark Harmon, many wondered if these problems had been solved. However it appears Chase's dissatisfaction with 'Community' could not be quelled by Harmon's departure. It has been announced that, effective immediately, Chase will also be exiting. This was said to be a mutual agreement between the actor and the show's executives. 'Community's fourth season is mostly shot, with only one or two episodes to go, though when these completed episodes will air seems to keep changing. As it stands, season four arrives February 7th.
That sound you're hearing is not one person on this planet being surprised by this news. Chase's relationship with Harmon, his open, bilious frustration with the show and with his character, and his constant temper tantrums instantly slapped a ticking clock on his run on the show. I gotta say I did let myself believe that Harmon's firing, after leaving that not-so-tactful angry voicemail on Chase's phone, might calm things down a bit. And indeed, they were able to get Chase to do the majority of the fourth season. But it's not as if I ever fooled myself into thinking that everything was copacetic now, I mean we are still talking about Chase's ego, right? He was so great in the 80s, in all those classic comedies that made him a legend, but even as a 'Community' fan I can't say I'm going to miss him. His character was always such a drag for me and I don't think they're going to have a hard time filling that spot at the study table. Is it too much to hope that another 80s legend might step in? Did someone say Dan Aykroyd?
What do you guys think? Are you upset Chase is leaving? Do you think he means it this time? Who might you chose as a replacement for Pierce?