If you thought that the departure of Dan Harmon was going to lead to the end of some unfortunate incidents surrounding Chevy Chase on the set of “Community,” prepare to be proven wrong courtesy of yet another attack by the actor about the show’s writing.
According to a report from Deadline, production was briefly halted on Friday when Chase, angry about the way in which his bigoted character of Pierce Hawthorne has progressed over the past four seasons, went off on a tirade that included the use of the n-word. He was not using it in reference to the show’s African-American cast members in Yvette Nicole Brown and Donald Glover, but was using it to claim that these were the sort of lines that the writers would be having him say if they continued their current trend.
Eventually, production on the show resumed after Chase gathered together the cast and crew to issue an apology … and we can’t understand why Chase cannot find another way to actually express himself over the direction of his character. We do agree that Pierce does need to be more than just a curmudgeon, but these sort of outbursts and language do nothing to help either his case or the show as a whole. After all, this is a program that needs every viewer that it can get, and does not need to turn people away with some negative headlines.
What do you think about Chase’s latest tirade, and do you think that this will end up hurting the show even more?