Community Community Squabble-Should Chevy Chase Be Fired from the NBC Sitcom?
Since the announcement on Sunday (yes, April Fools Day) that Chevy Chase and Community creator and showrunner Dan Harmon are having an epic feud on a set that many like to imagine as one big happy study group family, the Community Community has taken sides.
What actually happened seems to be a lot of yelling and cursing in public settings (or via a recording that was then leaked online). Dan Harmon doesn't come across as innocent in this fight, but that hasn't stopped legions of fans from declaring loyalty and a backlash against Chevy that seems larger than an on set fight merits.
Maybe the problem is Chevy's dismal reputation as a human being, in part thanks to Live From New York in which he comes across terribly by not only the SNL cast members of his own era, but later casts who were present when he hosted. But more the point, fans hate his character, Pierce Hawthorne, who many feel is the least interesting of the main cast.
Running counter to that are fans who feel like if the Pierce character is written off the show, there won't be as a much conflict or tension in the study group, which could get incredibly tedious. Not to mention those who just think Harmon was wrong to leak the voicemail.
The show is picking up steam, after the huge fan outcry when NBC put the show on hiatus, fans are putting their money where their mouth is--numbers are up and still climbing with subsequent episodes.
Would firing Chevy upset this delicate balance? Is it work the risk? Leaving contracts and lawyers aside, do you think he should be fired?