Dan Harmon Apologizes for ‘Community’ Feud, Will Chevy Accept?
No doubt you’ve heard the vicious back and forth between ‘Community‘ creator Dan Harmon, and notoriously difficult show star Chevy Chase, in which Chevy reportedly walked off the set, and Harmon made several public attempts to embarrass the comic actor. But after several more exchanges, could the ‘Community’ feud be looking streets ahead?
After exacerbating the situation by playing Chevy Chase’s profanity-laden voicemail for an audience at a Los Angeles comedy club, it seems that ‘Community’ creator Dan Harmon is finally issuing his mea culpa, if not to the actor himself than to fans of the series caught up with the controversy. In a long, advised-against entry into his personal blog, Harmon apologizes to fans for allowing the feud to unfold as it did, noting his decision to take things public as “childish, self-obsessed, unaware, naive and unprofessional.” Explains Harmon:
I made the horrible, childish, self-obsessed, unaware, naive and unprofessional decision to play someone’s voicemail to me. He didn’t intend for 150 people to listen and giggle at it, and I didn’t intend for millions of people to read angry reports about it. I was doing what I always do, and always get in trouble for doing, and always pay a steep price for doing…That was a dumb, unclassy, inconsiderate move on my part. I’m very sorry it’s reflecting poorly on the show.
Evidently, the public backlash and ugly barrage of coverage got to Harmon, stating “Thirty people a day calling me an a**hole makes me know and feel, in my heart, that I am an a**hole. I’m a real ‘customer is always right’ kind of guy in that regard.” The full text of the honest, and heartfelt apology can be found here, but will Chase accept the apology, or exit the show as hinted by recent interviews?
TMZ actually managed to catch up with Chase around town the other night, and while Harmon’s public apology had not get made the rounds enough to be discussed within the streetside interview, though the former ‘Saturday Night Live‘ star seemed to dismiss the feud as “handled.” Typically, Chase played coy about acknowledging Harmon or offering up anything substantial about the war of words, but seemed professional enough that Pierce Hawthorne might live to see another day (or season) of ‘Community.”
What do you think? Was Harmon’s initial bashing justified, or was he right to make a public apology? Should Chase accept, or is ‘Community’ better off without him? Pick your team and chase harmon-y in the comments section below!