The more we learn about the feud between "Community" creator/former showrunner Dan Harmon and Chevy Chase, the more it seems Harmon got a raw deal. IGN posted snippets from a recent interview Harmon did on Reddit, in which the ousted creator went into more detail about this and other topics.
Regardiing whether Harmon planned on watching the show he was unceremoniously booted from, the creator stated that he planned on waiting to see how the audience reacts before attempting to watch the show himself. "If people love it, then I’ll be able to safely watch it with an open, friendly heart, because the whole point is whatever makes the audience happy. If they say it’s good, it’s good, and I can watch it and even say it’s good. But I’m not going to be part of any campaign to convince anyone – me or others – of anything, good or bad. I’ve received a lot of advice from a lot of creatives that in a situation like this, it’s best for everyone on all sides that I make a clean break and not look back. I’ll be one of the very last people you hear weighing in on New Community. It’s the most practical, healthy decision I can make for its audience. Here’s an important related question: DO I HOPE IT’S GOOD? The honest answer is yes.”
Harmon also elaborated on the rift between himself and series co-star Chevy Chase, specifically one occasion in the "Digital Estate Planning" 8-bit episode. An alternate ending for the episode would have seen Abed (Danny Pudi) make some modifications to the video game given to Chase's Pierce. Harmon explains, "We cut to the laptop screen, where we see Pierce’s avatar on a front lawn with the giant floating head of Cornelius. Every time Pierce presses the space bar, his avatar throws a baseball to his father’s head, which gives him a thousand points and a “great job, son!” Pierce presses the space bar a few times, pauses, then leans over and embraces Abed and we fade to black." Getting a little misty, dear reader? Apparently, so did Harmon, who finally had his fill of Chase when the actor refused to do to the scene, claiming it wasn't funny.
Harmon continued, "I regret nothing about how upset I got (the feud then spread to Harmon publicly insulting Chase at the wrap party and Chase then leaving Harmon a scathing voicemail message). My job was to care about my show."
"Community" returns for its fourth season in October with new showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port after the two served as consulting producers on the under-appreciated ABC single-camera comedy "Happy Endings." Given that the latter program is arguably one of the funniest and under-appreciated offerings on television, could this new "Community" rekindle the magic of the Harmon years?