Chevy Chase announced that he is leaving the NBC sitcom Community. Chase, who plays Pierce Hawthorne on the series, will appear in all but two of the thirteen episodes of this season (the two which haven’t have yet to be filmed).
This actually isn’t very surprising. Chase has been known to be hard to work with for a long time. His notorious profanity-filled phone call to creator Dan Harmon has gotten him in much controversy, and last month he reportedly used the n-word for describing his character (Chase later said he did not intend to use it to offend anyone).
So was it a smart move on Chase’s behalf? I feel that both NBC and Sony do want to keep him on the show since he is really the only big celebrity on the show, despite his dwindling star power. After Chase’s phone call, Harmon was fired, leading to fan outrage.
But honestly, no one really watches the show to see Chase. Pierce isn’t exactly a favorite character among fans and even though I like him more than most, I’d have to admit he was not the show’s strong suit.
Still, it’s sad to see a character go away. Chase is a talented actor but has to get himself under control. There’s supposed to be a remake of National Lampoon’s Vacation that he’s appearing in, which hopefully might give him another comeback.