Veteran comedian Chevy Chase recently shared candid thoughts about his stint on NBC's "Community" during an appearance on Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast. Featured in "Community" for 83 episodes spanning four seasons, Chase played the eccentric millionaire, Pierce Hawthorne.
The sitcom, a brainchild of Dan Harmon, had an ensemble cast boasting names like Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, and Ken Jeong. In the candid chat with Maron, Chase admitted, "While I felt the show had its moments, it wasn't quite the hard-hitting comedy I hoped for.
I respected everyone's roles, but personally felt a tad constrained." Discussing his character, Pierce, he noted, "I didn’t have issues playing Pierce. But, the idea of being with that group daily felt overwhelming."
Chase Addresses 'Community' Controversy
Chase's exit from "Community" stirred up controversy due to his reported usage of a racial epithet.
Past allegations against Chase, including set behavior deemed problematic, especially by Donald Glover, remain a talking point. However, Chase brushed off these concerns during his chat, stating he harbors no resentment towards Harmon and adding, "We've had our differences, but I bear no grudge." Despite a flurry of accusations, Chase remains unapologetically himself.
Speaking to CBS Sunday Morning, he shared, "Labels don't bother me. I am content with who I am." He has often been painted as difficult, something he touched upon with Maron by saying, "I've always believed I had good relationships.
People’s perceptions of me might vary, but I've stayed true to myself." In a 2018 New Yorker piece, Glover detailed Chase's attempts to derail his scenes by making racially insensitive remarks, implying that Glover's humor was linked to his ethnicity.
Harmon recalled those tense moments, revealing his attempts at mediation between the two stars. The saga continues with comments from "Saturday Night Live" comedian Pete Davidson in 2018, labeling Chase as "a putz" and criticizing his stance on the current "SNL" lineup.
In brighter news, fans of "Community" can eagerly await a cinematic rendition of their beloved series. Joel McHale hinted at an imminent release, revealing that the film's script, steered by Harmon and co-writer Andrew Guest, is in the final stages, with production to commence post the Writers Guild of America’s strike. The movie will debut on Peacock, giving fans a chance to reconnect with Greendale's quirkiest community college.