'Community' creator Dan Harmon fired, but no one told him
There's been a lot of grumbling over at NBC's sitcom Community, because the network has renewed the show for a fourth season despite lackluster ratings, then all but canned creator Dan Harmon. Well, technically it was Sony Pictures Television that bumped him from his own show, but that's just splitting hairs. Too bad no one bothered to tell him directly.
"Why'd Sony want me gone? I can't answer that because I've been in as much contact with them as you have," Harmon wrote on his Tumblr blog over the weekend. "They literally haven't called me since the season four pickup, so their reasons for replacing me are clearly none of my business."
Harmon took exception to reports that NBC Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt said he expected "Dan's voice to be part of the show somehow," since apparently he's not heard boo from Greenblatt on the issue, nor would Harmon want to act as a consultant for the show, yet have no power over any decisions.
"I think he meant to say he's sure cookies are yummy, because he's never called me once in the entire duration of his employment at NBC," Harmon wrote. "He didn't call me to say he was starting to work there, he didn't call me to say I was no longer working there and he definitely didn't call to ask if I was going to be involved. I'm not saying it’s wrong for him to have bigger fish to fry, I’m just saying, NBC is not a credible source of All News Dan Harmon."
The rumor, of course, is that Harmon's very public infighting with cast member Chevy Chase caused the rift. Fellow cast member Jim Rash told TMZ he didn't think that had anything to do with it, but if you've ever seen Dean Pelton in action, you'd know he wouldn't be the most reliable source.
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