Chevy Chase Has Been Expelled from Community

We may laugh at the on-camera antics of the Greendale Community College, but off-camera, the place is cursed. Cursed, I tell you! Chevy Chase, he of the angry phone call full of profanities and stubborn foot-dragging, is leaving Community and won't be returning, according to Deadline Hollywood. The decision was mutual, with both parties (Chase and Sony, the show's studio) agreeing that his departure was the best form of action.

No more Pierce Hawthorne. No more curmudgeonly racism. No more secret flasks inside of pens—Chase is leaving the show immediately. Luckily, most of Season 4 has already been filmed, meaning Pierce will only miss the last few episodes of the season.

I've always been more accepting of Pierce Hawthorne than most Community fans, so I'm bummed. I was also raised on Chevy Chase, growing up with movies like Fletch and Caddyshack. Heck, I even liked Funny Farm. However, I can't defend the allegations about his behavior behind the scenes, and if the show is better off with him leaving, that's the most important thing.

But can we all agree that even though Community is one of the most inventive comedies to hit television in the last decade, it's an utter mess, production-wise? Series creator Dan Harmon was fired at the end of last season, something that rarely happens in television. I'm sure the nuisance of Chase's disgruntled outbursts caused nothing but turmoil. The Community set must be one of the most bipolar places in Hollywood, if people are getting fired and arguing one minute and manifesting genius in episodes like "Remedial Chaos Theory" the next. What an absolute shame. And as much as it pains me to say this, there's no way NBC will renew Community for a fifth season or order more episodes beyond the 13 slated for Season 4. I just don't see it happening. I'M BUMMED, GUYS!

One more thing: How convenient that this news comes just as most people are in airport hell on their way to Thanksgiving dinner. Now, I'm not saying NBC and Sony TV are trying to bury it while Americans are busy spending time with their families, but okay yes that's exactly what I'm saying.


Farewell, Pierce. I will miss you.

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Community is the most amazing show I've ever seen, but it keeps losing too many people. I'm almost too scared to keep watching because if it goes downhill, it will just taint the memory of something that was really special.
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Gonna miss old man river. Such a great character. This will probably be COmmunity's last season. So he'll only be missed for a few eps.
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Chevy Chase leaving the show is unfortunate, but sadly to be expected; shooting himself in the foot seems to be Chase's career specialty.

The significantly bigger issue to me is that Dan Harmon was fired -- typical NBC, unfortunately. I know they've never really had faith in the show, but ousting the primary creative force behind it is a great way to ensure the final season won't be very good. Well done NBC . . . well done.
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I love Community, makes me laugh and want to watch more episodes!!!
Pierce contributed in the laughs and in the villain role, he will be missed!!!
Sad news for the show but if he deserves it, hope at least the show doesn't get like Two and a Half Men when charlie left
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Community has become my favorite show. I bought all three seasons on iTunes so I can re-watch over and over again. Yet with all this craziness, maybe it would have been better to end last season, when all the plot lines were resolved. It would be a shame if NBC royally botched season 4 and tarnishes community's legacy
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Hate to say it, but it likely doesn't matter. I doubt a season renewal is planned or coming next year at all.
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#threeandahalfseasonsandnochevy
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Oh for the love of geewhiz! What's the point of canning the guy just before canning the show? So stupid. Dear NBC, just take it out back and put the whole thing out of its misery, you've tortured it and its audience enough.
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Chevy created a whole lot of tension for the other actors and the writers, possibly the whole crew. I always considered his character to be the dissenter that balanced all of the younger antics on the show, but never thought he absolutely had to be in the cast. He's done plenty of terrible things to harm the show, including being vocal about his disinterest in watching while also stating the writing is horrible (how would he know if the end product is good??), not to mention his diva behavior. I feel really bad for the fans and those who work on the show, but not at all for Chevy.
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Sad news indeed....First Dan Harmon, now Chevy. This show never got the respect it deserved from NBC. So often the great ones are largely underappreciated...
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If Dan Harmon was still around, he'd probably do something off the wall like replace Chevy with an older female actor like Lily Tomlin and claim that Pierce was so angry because he was trapped in the wrong body. He had a sex change to fix it then they'd have Tomlin act exactly like Pierce always did in the past. And never talk about it again with Tomlin as a new character. It would tweak Chevy while giving them material for an episode and add a great actor.

The new people in charge would never try something like that as the show ended when Harmon left. This is going to be a pale imitation.
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Great analysis and great solution too.
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why... is he still there?
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#SixSeasonsAndAMovie
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Why is Chevy unable to stay with successful television shows? He foolishly walked away from "Saturday Night Live" after slightly more than one season and now he is rather foolishly walking away from another successful show. I have always been a fan of his but this is something I don't understand. Regardless, good luck Chevy.
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Why is Community getting such shit treatment what is going on at NBC?
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I don't know if I'll watch Community without Pierce. Say what you want about Chevy Chase, but he really is one of the funniest people alive and Pierce is one of my favourite characters on TV.
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Sad to see him leaving but that leaves room for the Dean to join the study group.
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He gets Dan Harmon fired and just ends up leaving the show anyways. I am blaming Chevy Chase for the downfall of this great show.
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Cranky old guy on and off camera.
Fun to watch and fun to read about.
The show will miss him.
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How can leave Chang on the show but get rid of Pierce? This is just INSANE! I knew this show would eventually fail, but ok.
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because Ken Jeong (like him or hate him) is a professional. Chevy Chase apparently wasn't much of one, at least not on Community
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What's wrong with Chang?
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@mmmshuddup: Yeah true, I think that it's partly because of Ken Jeong's acting. His acting is so overexaggerated.
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He's just not funny. I mean every once in a great while he's funny but his character is so far exaggerated that it crosses the line between funny and ridiculously annoying.
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Pierce was never my favorite character, and I feel like he maybe grew the least - he obviously had his turn-around moments, but the prejudice has always remained. That being said, that eventually just became something you had to accept about him, like Jeff's sarcasm and general douchiness (but in a good way), and Abed's love of television and aversion to reality. He was never my favorite character, he didn't grow as much as others - or, I guess, in the way I kind of assumed he'd grow, which is probably an unfair approach, and not a mistake I usually make; the writers of Community don't simply do what's been done, and if they do, it's with a twist - and not to make it sound like I consider anyone on this show an 'acceptable loss', I'm...kind of glad it's him? I'd prefer no one leaving, and it will no doubt change the overall feel of the show, but he just never got me. He rubbed me the wrong way, I guess. I understand his purpose and the aim of the writers, but there's just always been some part of me that found the guy off-putting - that tiny part of my brain that will accept something in a TV show but knows it would send me running in reality.
So, definitely it's sad, and I'm going to miss him accidently offending everyone around him, but I'm not going to actually miss HIM. No offence to Chevy, either. Let's just call this one of those 'It's not you it's me' things. I just never cared as much for him as the others. My main hope is that he gets a couple of good episodes in before he leaves. A little more insight into that enigma of a man.
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You weren't supposed to love the character!

He wasnt supposed to grow!

He's been attending Greendale for 9 years. There is no growth there!
He's unapologetically rude, bitter and rich- perfect grist to the mill of the study group.

Pierce is a necessary character. Im going to miss him too.
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I'm a little ambivalent about Chevy Chase leaving community. Sometimes I liked his character, other times I think they went a little too far with his jokes and comments. Community won't be the same without him, wether that's good or bad thing, we'll see
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how to ruin the greatest sitcom i saw so far... really sad.
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Community hanging by a thread for it's entire existence, its' devoted audience bringing anyone within earshot into the fold, while anything with Tim Allen or the Meryl Streep of television Reba (now that's sarcasm) gets nearly triple the ratings....
Don't get me started...don't even get me started....
Kentucky One, we have a problem
It's hard enough doing something original and creative, but doing something original and creative, and actually funny!?
That's a trifecta we rarely see
As for Pierce, love him or hate him ( I loved him too Tim) you always remembered him when he was in a scene
He was the sour in our sweet 'n sour chicken
I'm reminded of the scene in the outstanding "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons"
where Pierce, after ruining the game for everyone and possibly costing Fat Neil his life,
looks up and asks sincerely, "Am I winning?"
Farewell Pierce (sniff)
Can someone please pass me some Hawthorne Wipes?
Cheers
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I loved what you wrote. I hugely enjoyed Pierce's acidity.
He was way out there. Brilliant writing.
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I just remembered it's Chang. They should have gotten rid of him not Pierce. This is unbelievable.
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Couldn't have put it better myself! This is insanity! They should get rid of the super annoying and NOT FUNNY Chinese guy whose name I always forget. That guy sucks. And did I mention that he's not funny?

This is one of the stupidest moves they could make. This show is done, just wait and see!
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YES! Oh yeah I forgot he was Korean :O. But Chang is a Chinese name I thought? And isn't his character supposedly Chinese? Anyway, that's just splitting hairs. Yeah, Korean :P
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First of all, his name is Ken Jeong. Second, he's of Korean descent and is not Chinese. Despite that, I agree with your statement of his role in Community. His quirks are a pain to watch to the point where I have to cringe; his antics are just flat out ridiculous, not to mention borderline insane.
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My favourite character :(
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I too love Pierce but can't stand Chevy. I mean the guy acts like the wold owes him something, yes he has been around a while but most of that time he has been doing sequel after sequel of a few of his semi successful projects. I know Chevy was unhappy with how his character was being portrayed as Racist or whatever but he is a character so either get over it or quit being an actor, because it comes with the territory.
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I watch Community mostly because of Chevy Chase and I'll watch until the last episode that include Chase.
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I don't know what to think about this. I love Pierce, but Chevy has been bad talking the show a lot recently and that hasn't been cool at all.

I don't think you should count the show out of Season 5 yet. If NBC is ordering extra scripts of Whitney, I'd hope they'd at least order a 5th Season of Community (another 13 maybe) or extend Season 4 another four episodes to get to the magic 88, not that it matters since Comedy Central has bought the show's reruns already

It's going to effect the chemistry of the cast though. I wonder if he just dissapears and they'll explain through dialouge or actually write off the character?

Oh Community how I miss you. HOPE Season 5 happens
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And I hope that Community makes it to #sixseasonsandamovie, but it looks like they have a slim chance of it happening.
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Surprised no one has said it yet, Way to be "streets ahead" NBC!

@The Idea of Community living on through Netflix, this i highly doubt. Donald Glover and Danny Pudi maybe. But i don't think Joel Mchale would do a web based series.
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Arrested Development is coming back in January to Netflix, Lets hope it is as great as we remember. If A.D bombs on Netflix Then I'll be real scared for Community's future..

But____, If Arrested Development get great critical acclaim I won't worry at all. They can pick up Community and maybe the critics and America will pay attention to this amazin' show.
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Hopefully if they do season 5 then they will find another equally amazing character to replace him.
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YES! Finally! Worst character on the show, almost ruined everything for me. But no more after next season? Please be wrong.
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For me, Chang is the worst character on the show who almost ruins everything because he is too absurd.
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Chang was taken too far at points, but at his core he's a really good character. I think if you added Chang to the group he'd tone himself down a bit.
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It was only a matter of time, can't say I'm surprised.
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Pierce was my fav...I won't watch when he's gone, I hate when they kill off the best characters...
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They aren't "killing off the best characters". Chevy made his choice with his off-screen antics. I like Pierce too, but the actor fucked himself.
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If Community continues from this, and don't have much hope for Season 5 but there is the smallest dying ember still inside me, then I think could work out to be a very good move for the show. One of the problems with long running TV shows (particularly procedurals) is the characters becoming stagnated and boring. New characters are needed to freshen things up, change the dynamic of the relationships already in place and force the veteran characters to behave differently, even change their character. I don't know about any of you lot, but I know I'm a different person to the one I was 10 years ago - I'm certainly more creative and less analytical. I like to see the characters on TV shows evolve and, less face it, people move on. Replacing Pierce could be a good opportunity for the show providing they use it to test the personalities and characters of our beloved Greendale residents.
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How sad he was our closest oldest racist, sexist oldest racist friend.
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What a shame. They really did have moments of genius with this show.

Season Two was touched by the angels of creativity and inventiveness.
It was so cutting edge and gave me such thrill for watching something very new and brilliant. Chevy was a massive part of that, Im gutted he couldnt control himself.

Season 3 was patchy.
Season 4 looks like the end.

Im not as sad as I was after they canned Harmon.

Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Oh well.
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The only reason I watched was for Chevy Chase; best part of a show I really don't like must watch when I'm bored. I Like Joel McHale on The Soup; hate him on Community. The rest of the cast is meh. (love love love Childish Gambino, wish that alter ego would appear on the show)
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I must be crazy town banana pants. Abed is the worst. plus I am not a him.
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Troy and Abed and Annie (In the Morn-ing!) are meh?!

To paraphrase fellow Community fan, JoshHorton: "Dark forces are within you."
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@TrevPlatt

Agreed. If Coutterhill thinks the rest of cast is pant he is watching it wrong and the show is clearly not for him.

Its such a cult hit NBC wont want it to go anywhere else. They may have treated it badly, but they wont want anyone else to have it.

Network TV needs to find a better measure for a show's success than simple overnight ratings. Between DVRs, online screenings and illegal downloads from across the world, Community has to be one of the biggest shows out there.

This show has been mishandled so badly.
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@FF: That was what I was getting at with the "without much hope", but I didn't write it very well! Not giving up yet though - there is always the chance that another network might save it, less face it, if Cougar Town can find a new home then why not Community?
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@Trevplatt: I'm just wondering, albeit without much hope, if we will even get a 5th season.
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@ hamblemary
Looks like we'll find out for sure at the end of the season!
I'm just wondering, albeit without much hope, if they will attempt to replace him in season 5?
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Not just crazy town banana pants, but streets behind.
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@hamblemary:

Questioning the cohesion of the group without Chevy is one thing, but writing that the "rest of the cast is meh" is just crazy town banana pants.
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They dont work as a unit without a little acid from Pierce.
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I blame Joel Mchale and The Soup... Joel comes off as a cynical, smart-alec, high on his hourse kind of guy. Watching him on The Soup, Community, and his Talk show appearances (Live with Kelly, and special guest spots) that's the impression he gives. He pulls it off great though, I watch his shows and think he is funny, sharp and witty.

I think Joel Mchale and Chevy Chase are just way too much alike. Only one diva can get the spot light. While Joel Mchale can do The Soup and stay more relevant with Movie spots, Late night talk shows, Magazine interviews, etc. I think we as an audience can tolerate his seance of humor much easier.

"The young face of Hollywood, he gets a pass_"

Enter Chevy Chase, like I said I see the same personality/persona just at different times (Age wise and Date wise) Imagine Joel with 30 years added on, or Chase as a young man in todays media scape.

Chevy Chase might feel entitled to act however he wants. It got him this far, right??? And watching Joel's career only continue to do great in an industry that is fickle, maybe that led Chase to act rebellious? __I dunno__

I'm going to miss that sour old crochidy man.
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Your first paragraph put me off.
I dont think there is anything wrong with being quick witted and cynical,especially about the hopeless trash that passes for 90% of US TV.
What Joel does is NECESSARY!

But I think you're right about McHale and Chase being being two sides of the same coin. Perhaps Chase is a little jealous of Joel- he's smart and edgy and very zeitgeist-y right now.
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its definitely best for Chevy to leave the show. I didnt like the way they made Pierce the only one out of the group who never evolved and was always the one to be insensitive.
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But the fact Pierce didnt grow and change was the point!
He's being going to Greendale for nine years without learning anything.

They turned Chang from a fringe loon into a certifiable nutcase.
They toned down Troy and Abed.
The show is more than just a vehicle for Joel McHale and Alison Brie.

The Season 2 balance was perfect.
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I guess it was just a matter of time. I couldn't see this whole thing working out.
The best things, whatever they might be, always shake things up, one way or the other.

Will miss Pierce something fierce. It rhymed.
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You know that speech Peggy Hill gave to Cotton right before he died? It so applies to Chase.
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Well, on the bright side, Chevy will be able to devote more time to all those other great projects he's involved in. I bet the phone's just ringing off the hook.
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Ive accepted that these will be the last 13 episodes, nbc will try to get it over with especially with them actually doing good this year with ratings. Pierce being gone isnt the end of the world for the show anyway
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Guys, we should all be worried. Remember the last time Pierce was ousted from the group? Who's going to become the "new Pierce"? I'm scared...
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I was thinking the same thing!!!
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As if it matters now...they should have fired him last year. I've never particularly found Pierce funny, and Chevy's interviews have left me with a sour taste in my mouth, so I can't say I'm sad to see him go. Although what's the point of him leaving with two episodes to film? They have next to no chance of being picked up for a fifth season anyway.
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I don't think that's true. NBC has started airing lots of new comedies this year, and most of them aren't doing too great. Also, The office and 30 Rock are in their final season, and Up all night is probably getting cancelled (if it hasn't been already). So they should at least have a chance.
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I guess they have a 'chance,' but at this point, is it really worth it to renew? I loved the show, but it sounds like a disaster behind the scenes half of the time. The fact that they brought WHITNEY back before Community does not bode well for them. I guess we'll see come May.
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The Greendale 6 ... That just doesn't sound right.
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I'm kind of hoping they bring Chang into the Greendale 7. If you remember his talk with Annie's BOOBS, the writers threw in the possibility that he's part of their clique. I know he's always been an antagonist and solidified his placement as that with the second to last episode, but he has good moments with each one of the members of the group.
1. Eating Annie's Cabeza
2. Jeff Winger's understudy
3. Shirley's love interest/ baby daddy
4. Britta's authoritarian disciplinarian
There aren't too many moments with Troy and Abed, but I can always see them developing those things again.
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This is terrible. :/ I really liked Pierce. I hope, if he's not in the last few episodes, they find some way to organically show it. "Well, Pierce died in a weird Laser Lotus meeting gone wrong." Also... there's nothing stopping NBC from scrapping us now. We're doomed.
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I said last year that Chase was a HUGE part of the problem with Community - but no - all the fanboys jumped all over me saying it wasn't so - ha ha looks like I was right. I like the show but Chase was a bad fit, a bad actor, and from what it sounds like a bad human being in general. Good riddance. Now bring back Dan Harmon!
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Pierce was a perfect fit for the show.
The show needs a strong antagonist for Joel McHale to struggle with.

Chase and Harmon may have hated each other, but they created magic together.

Separate the actor from his work. Chase was hard work- but Pierce was brilliant.
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I have no real idea, nor have I heard/read anything, but I could easily believe Chevy could be turning into a RL curmudgeon. And if he was demanding a high salary with a show that's barely hanging on - not in popularity, but with silly network decisions - then *if* he's become difficult to work with, it would make sense. Hopefully he's not difficult to work with and has something fresh in the works.
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