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'Community's' Joel McHale weighs in on the Chevy Chase-gate

April 18, 2012 |  3:08 pm

Joel McHale weighs in on Chevy Chase emails

This post has been corrected. Please see the note below.

“Community” star Joel McHale weighed in Wednesday on the colorful Chevy Chase voicemails that have made the rounds in recent weeks -- and naturally, he offered a bit of humor.

“The update is, there are four more voicemails coming out so that will make it a whole series,” McHale said Wednesday during the “Community” panel at NBC’s press day in Pasadena. “It will be a book on tape.”

Costar Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley, added: “It will be read out loud by Samuel L. Jackson.”

Getting more serious, McHale said Chase obviously wasn’t happy when he left the voicemails  for series creator Dan Harmon -- in one, Chase referred to the NBC comedy as a "mediocre [insert bad word] sitcom" -- but was quick to note that he’s certain Chase loves the cast. Asked whether he thinks Chase will return in the role of Pierce should the comedy get a fourth season, McHale seemed optimistic.

“My guess is he will be back. Let’s get the pickup and we’ll see what happens.”

[For the record, 1:54 p.m. April 19: An earlier version of this post referred to Yvette Nicole Brown as Nicole Yvette Brown.]


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Photo: Joel McHale and Chevy Chase of "Community." Credit: NBC