UPDATED: In a rare example of candor in show business, “Community” executive producer Dan Harmon is setting the record straight on his exit from the show. “I got fired,” he wrote, in an explanation he posted on his own Tumblr page, according to this story on The Hollywood Reporter Web site. He was equally candid about the prospect of his continuing as a “consultant” on the NBC sitcom (see story below), indicating that the whole idea of “consulting” for the show is, well, baloney. Read his entire Tumblr post right here.
PREVIOUSLY: Executive producer Dan Harmon is out as showrunner on NBC’s “Community.”
The news — which had been churning in the rumor mill for the past week or so — is now being reported as fact on several show business Web sites, including The Hollywood Reporter site here.
The stories say Harmon, the showrunner and creative honcho on “Community,” will be replaced by David Guarascio and Moses Port, described as TV writers whose most recent gig was in the role of consultants on the ABC sitcom “Happy Endings.”
Harmon’s exit from “Community” after three seasons comes just as NBC has announced its new lineup for next fall, which includes a 13-episode commitment to a fourth season of “Community” and a move from Thursday nights to Fridays.
Earlier this week, amidst uncertainty about Harmon’s future, NBC’s top programming exec, Bob Greenblatt, said that if Harmon leaves the sitcom, he’ll still be available as a consultant (though whether that will actually happen is always an open question in these situations).
No official reason for Harmon’s parting is being reported, leaving observers to speculate that a combination of factors led to his departure, including: His very public spat with series star Chevy Chase this spring, in which the two traded insults with each other and the jibes went public. In addition, “Community,” though apparently revered by some, continued to struggle in the ratings this past season — so much so that its renewal was in doubt almost until the last minute.