Fired 'Community' creator Dan Harmon attacks NBC chief
Harmon, who was sacked late Friday as the showrunner of NBC's sitcom "Community," wrote on his blog that he didn't learn he'd been fired until he received a message on his cellphone. Earlier in the week, NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt had told reporters, "I expect Dan's voice to be a part of this show [next season]," but Harmon dismissed that as mere spin.
"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," Harmon wrote. "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."
Harmon ridiculed the notion that he would stay on in an advisory role -- which would give him little power in any case, as he bitterly noted. "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."
Two NBC representatives did not return emails seeking comment.
Officially, Harmon was let go by Sony Pictures Television, which produces "Community." But both the studio and the network have butted heads with the opinionated Harmon, who this year was embroiled in an epic spat with Chevy Chase, a member of the show's ensemble cast. The feud included the leak of a profanity-laced voicemail from Chase to Harmon. The actor reportedly was infuriated after Harmon rebuked him publicly for walking off the set.
Harmon will be replaced on the comedy by David Guarascio and Moses Port. In the fall, NBC will move "Community" to Fridays, where it will be paired with "Whitney."
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-- Scott Collins (twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT)
Photo: Gillian Jacobs and Chevy Chase in the NBC sitcom "Community." Credit: Lewis Jacobs / NBC