If you’re at all familiar with names like Brita or Abed or strange pronunciations of bagel then you know all about Community, the NBC comedy created by Dan Harmon. What you may not know is that there has been some pretty heavy controversy between the creator and one of his stars, Chevy Chase. The interesting thing is that he took the case to his Tumblr account.
Harmon is notorious for being well connected with his fans on Tumblr and Twitter and has tried to keep quiet about the whole controversy — but that kind of strategy doesn’t work in today’s age.
So what happened? Things fell apart when Chevy Chase didn’t want to do a scene in the season finale, and Dan Harmon was adamant that it get shot. Things got heated and that night Chevy Chase sent a vitriolic rant to Dan pointing out that he was “not funny” and had lost his ability to write. Dan then decided to play this to some friends at a small podcast-type show he does, but it got recorded and shared.
At that point, Dan got the heat of fans’ ire. It was unprofessional to release that to the public and people didn’t like it, and that’s what led to Dan’s apology on his Tumblr page, Dan Harmon Poops. In the post, he apologizes to the fans rather than Chevy himself, but is clearly sorrowful about the whole thing.
It was in that venue, months ago, that I made the horrible, childish, self-obsessed, unaware, naive and unprofessional decision to play someone’s voicemail to me. He didn’t intend for 150 people to listen and giggle at it, and I didn’t intend for millions of people to read angry reports about it. I was doing what I always do, and always get in trouble for doing, and always pay a steep price for doing.