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Fired Community Showrunner Dan Harmon Lashes Out: “Literally Nobody Called Me”

By Daniel Gates

(NBC)

Late Friday, Sony Pictures Television replaced Dan Harmon as the show runner behind “Community,” the low-rated but beloved NBC sitcom he created that stars Joel McHale and Chevy Chase.

Harmon is not happy about it.

The writer-producer blasted the studio and NBC early Saturday in a Tumblr post alleging that he’d been left in the dark about his dismissal, comparing his situation to being beaten up as a kid.

“Why’d Sony want me gone? I can’t answer that because I’ve been in as much contact with them as you have,” writes Harmon in his message to fans. “They literally haven’t called me since the season four pickup, so their reasons for replacing me are clearly none of my business.”

Later, he reiterates, “Do not believe anyone that tells you on Monday that I quit or diminished my role so I could spend more time with my loved ones, or that I negotiated and we couldn’t come to an agreement, etc. It couldn’t be less true because, just to make this clear, literally nobody called me.”

He also rips NBC head Bob Greenblatt for a quote making it seem as though Harmon intends to remain with “Community” in some capacity.

Harmon writes, “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.”

At one point, Harmon says, “When I was a kid, sometimes I’d run home to Mommy with a bloody nose and say, ‘Mom, my friends beat me up,’ and my Mom would say ‘well then they’re not worth having as friends, are they?’”

He adds, “I’m 39, now. The friends my Mom warned me about are bigger now, and older, bloodying my nose with old world numbers, and old world tactics, like, oh, I don’t know, sending out press releases to TV Guide at 7pm on a Friday.”

“Community” may never match “Two and a Half Men” in the ratings, but it sure seems to share the behind-the-scenes fireworks.

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