'Community' Showrunner Dan Harmon Fired; Comments on His Exit

The creator of the cult favorite NBC series is replaced by David Guarascio and Moses Port in Season 4.
Dan Harmon comments on his exit from Community
Dan Harmon comments on his exit from Community
While Community has been renewed for a fourth season, showrunner and series creator Dan Harmon has been replaced by David Guarascio and Moses Port (Happy Endings, Aliens in America), who take over as daily showrunners and executive producers this fall.

This comes after a very public confrontation between Dan Harmon and series co-star Chevy Chase, who had disagreements about how the series was being executed on a daily basis.

Dan Harmon is remaining with the series as a technical advisor. Though, as he points out in comments on his blog about the firing, he has no real power anymore.

Here is what Dan Harmon had to say about his exit.

"Kids:

A few hours ago, I landed in Los Angeles, turned on my phone, and confirmed what you already know. Sony Pictures Television is replacing me as showrunner on Community, with two seasoned fellows that I'm sure are quite nice - actually, I have it on good authority they're quite nice, because they once created a show and cast my good friend Jeff Davis on it, so how bad can they be.

Why'd Sony want me gone? I can't answer that because I've been in as much contact with them as you have. They literally haven't called me since the season four pickup, so their reasons for replacing me are clearly none of my business. Community is their property, I only own ten percent of it, and I kind of don't want to hear what their complaints are because I'm sure it would hurt my feelings even more now that I'd be listening for free.

I do want to correct a couple points of spin, now that I'm free to do so:
The important one is this quote from Bob Greenblatt in which he says he's sure I'm going to be involved somehow, something like that. That's a misquote. I think he meant to say he's sure cookies are yummy, because he's never called me once in the entire duration of his employment at NBC. He didn't call me to say he was starting to work there, he didn't call me to say I was no longer working there and he definitely didn't call to ask if I was going to be involved. I'm not saying it's wrong for him to have bigger fish to fry, I'm just saying, NBC is not a credible source of All News Dan Harmon.

You may have read that I am technically "signed on," by default, to be an executive consulting something or other - which is a relatively standard protective clause for a creator in my position. Guys like me can't actually just be shot and left in a ditch by Skynet, we're still allowed to have a title on the things we create and "help out," like, I guess sharpening pencils and stuff.

However, if I actually chose to go to the office, I wouldn't have any power there. Nobody would have to do anything I said, ever. I would be "offering" thoughts on other people's scripts, not allowed to rewrite them, not allowed to ask anyone else to rewrite them, not allowed to say whether a single joke was funny or go near the edit bay, etc. It's....not really the way the previous episodes got done. I was what you might call a....hands on producer. Are my....periods giving this enough....pointedness? I'm not saying you can't make a good version of Community without me, but I am definitely saying that you can't make my version of it unless I have the option of saying "it has to be like this or I quit" roughly 8 times a day.

The same contract also gives me the same salary and title if I spend all day masturbating and playing Prototype 2. And before you ask yourself what you would do in my situation: buy Prototype 2. It's fucking great.
Because Prototype 2 is great, and because nobody called me, and then started hiring people to run the show, I had my assistant start packing up my office days ago. I'm sorry. I'm not saying seasons 1, 2 and 3 were my definition of perfect television, I'm just saying that whatever they're going to do for season 4, they're aiming to do without my help. So do not believe anyone that tells you on Monday that I quit or diminished my role so I could spend more time with my loved ones, or that I negotiated and we couldn't come to an agreement, etc. It couldn't be less true because, just to make this clear, literally nobody called me. Also don't believe anyone that says I have sex with animals. And if there's a photo of me doing it with an animal - I'm not saying one exists, I'm just saying, if one surfaces - it's a fake. Look at the shadow. Why would it be in front of the giraffe if the sun is behind the jeep?

Where was I? Oh yeah. I'm not running Community for season 4. They replaced me. Them's the facts.

When I was a kid, sometimes I'd run home to Mommy with a bloody nose and say, "Mom, my friends beat me up," and my Mom would say "well then they're not worth having as friends, are they?" At the time, I figured she was just trying to put a postive spin on having birthed an unpopular pussy. But this is, after all, the same lady that bought me my first typewriter. Then later, a Commodore 64. And later, a 300 baud modem for it. Through which I met new friends that did like me much, much more.
I'm 39, now. The friends my Mom warned me about are bigger now, and older, bloodying my nose with old world numbers, and old world tactics, like, oh, I don't know, sending out press releases to TV Guide at 7pm on a Friday.

But my Commodore 64 is mobile now, like yours, and the modems are invisible, and the internet is the air all around us. And the good friends, the real friends, are finding each other, and connecting with each other, and my Mom is turning out to be more right than ever.

Ah, shit, I still haven't called my fucking Mom.

Mom, Happy Mother's Day. I got fired.

Yes, Mom. AGAIN."


Community returns to the NBC Thursday night line-up this fall.


Sources: Dan Harmon

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Comments (10)

  1. skywise

    @incmob That is not surprising at all and i had also heard that John Candy was a very humble man as well.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  2. skywise

    @incmob that does not surprise me. Chase was hillarioius back in his days but he seems to be a super a hole.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  3. yehielc

    So sad, hope community wont be ruined, hope dan will get a new show soon!....joss wheadon story all over again...

    2 years agoby @yehielcFlag

  4. incmob

    @skywise funny that you mention that... here is a story that you might find interesting... my friend met a guy at the local school an older man that used to deliver scripts for film studios to actors and actresses... he had met chevy chase and his opinion was not very high of him. he said he was the biggest ass. I dont know the details of why except he was rude and was during his height of popularity... he also said who was the nicest person he had ever delivered a script to... john candy, apparently when he dropped one off to candy, he told him to come inside and have a beer with him. now that is class, and chase was an ass.

    2 years agoby @incmobFlag

  5. incmob

    my god i f*cking laughed the whole way through.... Dan you will be missed. and btw i did see the pic of you having sex with the animal... it is definitely not fake. or someone fixed that damn shadow.

    2 years agoby @incmobFlag

  6. skywise

    I have read in the past that Chevy Chase is very hard to work with. Not sure how true that is but it seems viable.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  7. Pjwolsker

    @ejk1 I love this show but if they make it to a 5th season, ill be very surprised. They moved Community to Fridays now.. thats like the kiss of death for a lot of tv shows.

    2 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  8. ejk1

    Funny and bitter, but Harmon definitely has reason to be. NBC obviously did this to appease Chevy, which is stupid because this isn't the 80's; Chevy is no longer a big star. The new showrunners have 13 episodes to make a critically praised show more watchable. Not sure how they do that, especially given the amount of time they have.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  9. Andrew Kosarko

    F*ck sony and nbc.

    2 years agoby @andrew-kosarkoFlag