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Why Did Chevy Chase Leave Community?

Last Updated on September 25, 2022 by OtakuKart Staff

Chevy Chase was the subject of media adoration nearly from the very first episode of Saturday Night Live. He was put on the cover of New York magazine with the remark that he was the future Johnny Carson. In an opinion piece he wrote for the New York Times, he declared: “Chevy Chase is Chevy Chase, and you’re not.” Then, during a Vogue interview, a reflective moment occurred. He admitted, “In this profession, you may come and go in a second. I could go tomorrow with a handshake and a big smile.

Chevy Chase is well-known for both his work on “Saturday Night Live” and for playing Clark Griswold in the “National Lampoon Vacation” movies. He joined the cast of the sitcom “Community,” which centers on the lives of the faculty and staff at Greendale Community College, in 2009. Pierce Hawthorne, played by Chase, is the senior citizen in the primary research group that was established at the start of the program. Pierce plays the older, bored millionaire who has been a student at Greendale for years. Numerous multiple kinds of students who attend the school are featured in the series.

Why Did Chase Leave Community?

The issue with Chase arose while the episode “Advanced Documentary Filmmaking” was being filmed. The actor became enraged at the way his role was being portrayed and used a racist epithet in his tirade. He was forced to leave the set after offending certain members of the cast and crew with his crude language. Chevy Chase officially left Community before the end of season 4 after reaching a deal with NBC.

Dan Harmon (on the left) And Chevy Chase(on the right)

Chase and Harmon had a somewhat tense working relationship as a result of Chase’s tendency to depart the set before all of his scenes were finished. Before Harmon’s departure during season three of Community, Chase declined to perform a crucial sequence in the episode “Digital Estate Planning.”

Fans may recall that the episode changed the cast into characters from an 8-bit video game. Abed and Pierce were intended to share a poignant scene involving Pierce’s father, but Chase walked off the set because he didn’t think the scene was amusing. This was the only opportunity to film on the sets because it was the final day of shooting and they were being pulled down.

According to reports, Chase became irate with the showrunner and used the N-word when criticizing his character’s path. The cast was enraged by the conflict even though he didn’t use the expletive when referring to Donald Glover or Yvette Nicole Brown, two black cast members. Chase made racial remarks toward the Atlanta star, according to Glover and Harmon, though Glover claimed he was unfazed by it in an interview.

Why did Chase leave Community?

The profile also included an interview with Harmon, who stated that Chase frequently interrupted scenes and made racial “cracks” in between them. People “believe you’re funnier because you’re black,” the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” star allegedly added, according to Harmon.

After Chase left Community, he told The Huffington Post UK in 2012 that doing the show was a “big mistake,” but that he thought it was funny at the time. 

Did Chase Appear again In Community After He Left?

Chase returned to record more scenes for season 4 as part of the exit deal. However, his character only appeared in two more episodes. He managed to appear in the finale when Pierce was revealed to be a Greendale hologram in the Community season 5 opener, Chase made a brief cameo appearance which turned out to be Pierce’s final appearance.

Then, as a plot device to give Donald Glover’s Troy a fitting leave, Chevy Chase’s character was eliminated.  A return is improbable, especially in light of the information regarding Chase’s departure from Community and the fact that fans are still clamoring for a Community movie.

Chevy Chase is unapologetic.

Finally, responding to allegations that he was particularly challenging to deal with on “Saturday Night Live” and the TV show “Community,” the 78-year-old comedian.

Chase described how he didn’t care when he learned that his former co-stars had a hard time working with him in an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning.”

You’d have to ask them, I suppose. I don’t care! he exclaimed, laughing.

Chevy Chase on Saturday Night Live

Chase’s On-screen Rivalries

A few of Chase’s on-screen rivalries involved “Saturday Night Live” actor Bill Murray. He told CBS News that he departed the NBC sketch series after Season 2 because he “hated” it after the two got into a violent argument there in 1978. Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman, and Jane Curtin from the show are said to have seen the occurrence.

Chase’s infamously brief stint at SNL was due to this exact reason; off-stage, he revealed himself to be an unbearable jerk who routinely insulted and denigrated other cast members. Chevy Chase rose to fame on Saturday Night Live overnight, but when he departed because he had grown too big for the show, the cast pretty much despised him ever since.

I believe Chase even made an effort to personally trash Bill Murray onstage, making him the first person in history to be able to do so. Murray is a perpetually pleasant and jocular comedian.

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