Longtime asshole Chevy Chase is no longer apart of NBC’s “Community.”
The actor, who has repeatedly made headlines for publicly declaring his disdain for the series that resurrected his career, reportedly parted ways with “Community” by “mutual agreement,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Chase, who was most well-known as Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s “Vacation” comedies, dropped off the comedy radar until he was hired to play Pierce Hawthorne on “Community,” which has a small but loyal following.
It seemed that Chase’s departure from the series was only a matter of time.
Back in April, Chase had a very public falling out with “Community” creator Dan Harmon, after an expletive-laden voicemail the actor left for Harmon went viral. The incident ended with Harmon being fired from his own series.
In August, Chase told Huffington Post UK that signing on to the show was a “mistake,” because he doesn’t think it’s a very funny show. “The hours are hideous, and it’s still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television,” he said.
In October, Chase reportedly upset many cast and crew members after he used a racial slur to protest the show’s writing and his character’s racist tendencies. He had become increasingly frustrated with the direction of his “crazy old man” character and apparently blurted out, “What’s next? Am I gonna say the word ni**er?,” TMZ reported.
“Community’s” 13-episode fourth season was supposed to premiere Oct. 19, but has been pushed back until early next year. Chase will not appear in any episodes that have yet to be filmed, but there is no word yet on how his character will be abruptly written out of the show.