Chevy Chase Still Hates ‘Community,’ Calls Sitcom the “Lowest Form of Television”
For years now, many have lauded the Emmys as a predictable ceremony, including Jon Stewart last night, but one thing that certainly didn't surprise us was the lack of acknowledgement for 'Community,' in particular its outspoken star Chevy Chase. Over the last year we've heard Chase take potshots at everything from the series to departing showrunner Dan Harmon, but with Harmon gone and 'Community' possibly heading into its last season, what new bile does Chase have for the show?
Rarely one to shy away from speaking his mind, it seems Chevy Chase is at it again criticizing 'Community,' the critically-beloved series that gave him his most prominent role in over a decade. Most of Chase's criticism has been aimed at his distaste for the show, and former showrunner Dan Harmon, though the latest sets its heights a bit higher. Speaking to The Huffington Post UK, Chase praised his castmates, but harshly criticized the state of TV over the movie industry he once thrived in.
I prefer movies because the money is better and certainly because you really know where you stand when you are making movies, and I have made a lot of them: 50 something, I don't know. The hours in this kind of show are not commensurate with the actual product.
The hours are hideous, and it's still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television. That's my feeling about it. I think the reason I have stuck around is because I love these kids, the cast — they are very good.
Of course, that begs the question why Chase would sign on to 'Community' in the first place, given his distaste for television. The actor explained his admiration for the pilot, and largely financial reasons for accepting the regular gig:
They hired me and I just sort of hung around because I have three daughters and a wife, and I figured out I might as well make some bread, every week, so I can take care of them in the way they want. My wife has just been in the Antarctic, and Cuzco in Peru, and Lima, and Machu Picchu... she likes to travel.
Admirable perhaps, but Chase's continued rants might represent the only reason to hope 'Community' doesn't last beyond its upcoming 13-episode season, set to premiere on October 19, if only to make him stop. We love 'Community' and have tolerated Pierce plentifully, so would it kill him to pretend for a little while longer?
What say you? Does Chase have a point about the modern sitcom as the lowest form of TV? Are you still going to tune in for 'Community' season 4? Give us your own thoughts in the comments below!