Dan Harmon Fired As 'Community' Showrunner Without Any Contact From NBC: [ send to a friend ]
Dan Harmon has been fired as 'Community' showrunner by Sony Pictures Television and NBC.
But Harmon says he didn't find out the news from either the studio or the network and, in fact, only from an official statement to the press by Sony.
"A few hours ago, I landed in Los Angeles, turned on my phone, and confirmed what you already know. Sony Pictures Television is replacing me as show runner on Community," says Harmon on his website.
"Why'd Sony want me gone? I can't answer that because I've been in as much contact with them as you have. They literally haven't called me since the season four pickup, so their reasons for replacing me are clearly none of my business."
"Community is their property, I only own ten percent of it, and I kind of don't want to hear what their complaints are because I'm sure it would hurt my feelings even more now that I'd be listening for free."
Harmon even blasts NBC head Robert Greenblatt for suggesting that the producer would be involved with the show in some manner in the future.
"I do want to correct a couple points of spin, now that I'm free to do so: The important one is this quote from Bob Greenblatt in which he says he's sure I'm going to be involved somehow, something like that. That's a misquote. I think he meant to say he's sure cookies are yummy."
"Because he's never called me once in the entire duration of his employment at NBC. He didn't call me to say he was starting to work there, he didn't call me to say I was no longer working there and he definitely didn't call to ask if I was going to be involved."
"I'm not saying it's wrong for him to have bigger fish to fry, I'm just saying, NBC is not a credible source of All News Dan Harmon."
"Guys like me can't actually just be shot and left in a ditch by Skynet, we're still allowed to have a title on the things we create and 'help out', like, I guess sharpening pencils and stuff."
"However, if I actually chose to go to the office, I wouldn't have any power there. Nobody would have to do anything I said, ever... I'm not saying you can't make a good version of Community without me, but I am definitely saying that you can't make my version of it unless I have the option of saying 'it has to be like this or I quit' roughly 8 times a day."
Last week, 'Community' star Joel McHale said he expected NBC to keep Harmon on the show.
"He created the show, so it would be very weird," McHale said. "Obviously, I don't know what is happening. I hope it gets settled soon. Dan is the voice of the show, so it would be like Ryan Seacrest not hosting American Idol."
'Community' has been renewed for a shortened 13-episode fourth season.