Chevy Chase has once again taken aim at his former sitcom Community.
The 79-year-old actor says NBC’s comedy series, which ran for six seasons, wasn’t funny enough for him.
Appearing on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, Chase was asked about the series and declared, “Honestly, I felt the show wasn’t funny enough for me, ultimately … I felt a little bit constrained … Everyone had their bits and stuff. I thought they were all good, but it just wasn’t hard-hitting enough for me.”
Chase also suggested he didn’t particularly like spending time with his castmates (the show starred Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Donald Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown, among others). “I didn’t mind the character … I felt happier being alone, in a sense … I just didn’t want to be surrounded by that table every day with those people. It was too much.”
As for his current relationship with creator Dan Harmon, Chase said he hasn’t seen him since leaving the show. “I have no idea if we’re OK,” he said. “I’ve never been not OK. He’s kind of a pisser. He was angry. He called and said he was sorry. I love him now.”
Chase co-starred on the ensemble comedy for four seasons as curmudgeon Pierce Hawthorne and then left after reports of alleged misbehavior on set, including using the N-word around Glover and Brown.
Harmon once told The New Yorker, “Chevy was the first to realize how immensely gifted Donald was, and the way he expressed his jealousy was to try to throw Donald off. I remember apologizing to Donald after a particularly rough night of Chevy’s non-PC verbiage and Donald said, ‘I don’t even worry about it.’” Whereas Glover said, “I just saw Chevy as fighting time—a true artist has to be O.K. with his reign being over … I know there’s a human in there somewhere—he’s almost too human.”
Asked last year if Chase would appear in the forthcoming Community movie, Harmon told Variety, “I don’t even know if it’s legal for him to come back. That may be out of my hands.”