‘It's Just a F*cking Mediocre Sitcom!': Second Chevy Chase Recording Emerges, Rips His Own Show 'Community' (EXCLUSIVE)

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This is no joke: Chevy Chase doesn’t think his NBC show Community is funny — at all.

In a second and more candid audio recording of Chase, obtained exclusively by Celebuzz, the veteran actor is caught on tape ripping the prime-time program that he helped build, admitting to the show’s creator Dan Harmon: "It's just a f*cking mediocre sitcom! I want people to laugh and this isn't funny."

An angry Chase added, "It ain't funny to me because I'm 67-years-old and I've been doing this a long time. I've been making a lot of people laugh -- a lot better than this."

You can listen to the voicemail exclusively on Celebuzz in the audio above.

The release of the recording is a potentially fatal blow to the beleaguered series that is already reeling from an all-time series ratings low last week, totaling just 3.1 million viewers nationwide.

NBC is yet to confirm if Community will even be back for a fourth season and after the release of this audio, it seems improbable that Chase -- and his spacey senior student character Pierce -- will be back, even if the sitcom does return.

Though Harmon apologized for making the first voicemail public at a comedy show, this second recording demonstrates just how deep is their wound and long-running the feud.

On the voicemail, purpotedly from March 2011, Harmon can be heard deriding his high-priced star in front of an audience of "stunned" production executives who were “shocked that it was being played to them... as an apparent joke,” according to a source who was there and whom spoke to Celebuzz on the condition of anonymity.

When Chase told Harmon "obviously you don't get my humor at all," the 39-year-old writer/creator, boasted: "That's true."

The three-time Emmy winner added, "Or what is it that I do that's funny that actually makes people laugh."

"I do agree with that," Harmon responded.

A clearly frustrated Chase went on to tell Harmon that he was not able to do what he was hired to do — make people laugh.

He criticized the writer’s focus on the show’s storyline, saying: “Like everyone gives a sh*t about the f*cking story when they don't even know who the f*cking characters are.”

Chase encouraged Harmon to turn the focus away from the “love affairs and kissing” between character Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) and Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs) -- and to make it about him -- so that he could “make people laugh.”

“Come on, man,” Chase said.

“You're missing the f*cking point! I mean, this is not my kind of comedy. I thought you hired me for what I do that's funny. You've got to give me some range.”

At one point during the message, though, Chase actually complimented Harmon's writing as "great."

When contacted on Monday night, a spokesperson for Chase told Celebuzz that she would not comment on something that was 12 months old.

The voicemail in full went as follows:

Hi, Dan. It's Chevy. Chevy Chase. I've looked at now at three shows in a row -- that's last week and a couple this week. I've watched more than that but the point I want to make is this: there's a disconnect somewhere either between what is actually shot and the humor on the set when we shoot it. The final product, the editing -- I don't know who's doing the editing and making the choices that count the most but I will say this: the other part of the disconnect is that obviously you don't get my humor at all. Or what is it that I do that's funny that actually makes people laugh. You have two choices: the storyline or either is -- like everyone gives a sh*t about the f*cking story when they don't even know who the f*cking characters are -- or there's make people laugh. You know what I do. I don't appreciate when there's a great joke like when the cast being ripped off by and pointing out things that are on or in my cast and it's just cut out. It's just cut out. There's just one thing line about the thing I eat that's in my cast when you had big laugh that's just physical. I'm just talking laughing. Again, tonight, I'm looking at two-- I'm doing sh*t in that f*cking place in that wheelchair and it's cut down, down, down, down. So it's what? So people can following the f*cking story between Joel and Gillian and love affairs and kissing? Come on, man! You're missing the f*cking point! I mean, this is not my kind of comedy. I thought you hired me for what I do that's funny. You've got to give me some range. And then you have an editor with no f*cking sense of humor and no sense of me cutting things down to the point where I just look like an asshole! I don't like it. I should have this talk with you face to face but I didn't want to because I really like you. I think your writing is great. I think everything you do is great. But the really problem is, Dan, that you're not there when we shoot and you're not there when they edit so you don't even know what you have. You don't even know what it is that I'm f*cking doing and if you want me on this f*cking show again, I got news for you, I don't want it! It's just a f*cking mediocre sitcom! I want people to laugh and this isn't funny. It ain't funny to me because I'm 67-years-old and I've been doing this a long time. I've been making a lot of people laugh a lot better than this.
According to Deadline, Chase and Harmon have been at war since the National Lampoons Vacation star stormed off the set of the show on the last day of filming, without filming a scene that was to conclude the season finale.

At the series wrap party and in retribution, Harmon allegedly gave an explicit speech in which he encouraged the crew to join him in saying “F*ck you, Chevy!”

On March 4, after the first tape of Chase calling Harmon a “fat [bleep]” emerged, Harmon apologized to fans for releasing the tape, likening it to a “giant fart with my name on it that you've been inhaling."

Writing on his website -- without mentioning Chase by name -- Harmon said:

"I made the horrible, childish, self-obsessed, unaware, naive and unprofessional decision to play someone’s voicemail to me," he wrote. "He didn’t intend for 150 people to listen and giggle at it, and I didn’t intend for millions of people to read angry reports about it. I was doing what I always do, and always get in trouble for doing, and always pay a steep price for doing. I was thinking about myself and I was thinking about making people laugh. I was airing my dirty laundry for a chuckle."
Even then, some long-time television observers were not surprised at the simmering tension.

Los Angeles Times television blogger Patrick Kevin Day noted this wasn’t Chase’s first feud over the course of his career. He wrote on April 3:

"There's all the not-so-nice things pretty much anyone associated with Saturday Night Live has had to say about him over the years. And there's the infamous Chevy Chase roast that's notable for being one of the meanest events in that institution's long history."
"These latest comments from Chevy Chase just come off as more bitterness from a once-legendary comic actor who doesn't seem to understand the business or his place in it anymore," Maggie Furlong from HuffPost TV told Celebuzz.

"While I don't think that anything he could say would hurt the show at this point, it's become very obvious that that's what he's trying to do. It's a sad fact, but he truly doesn't care if the show continues or not."

Furlong interviewed Chase for HuffPost TV on the Community set back in February where he was very blunt about his stance on the show. "I have creative issues with this show. I always have," Chase said, later adding: "I probably won't be around that much longer, frankly."

Chase -- who said "I'm funny... Pierce isn't funny" -- compared the more heartwarming elements of the show to "being relegated to hell and watching Howdy Doody for the rest of your life."

"Fans of Community obviously don't agree with Chase," Furlong told Celebuzz. The L.A.-based TV critic, a member of the Television Critics Association, added:

"Neither do the creative execs at Sony and NBC. They've stood behind this show for the past three seasons because they believe it's an important piece in their Thursday night comedy block -- one that brings in a rabid, and much younger, fan base, no matter how small. Since the show recently inked a lucrative syndication deal, a fourth season would practically pay for itself in reruns. And if Chase wants to leave, as it seems, the money previously earmarked for his salary could go a long way."
The Chase vs. Harmon feud has drawn comparisons with other notorious Hollywood power struggles, like the spat which saw Charlie Sheen replaced on Two and a Half Men by Ashton Kutcher.

Click through our gallery to view others who’ve become entangled in behind-the-scenes conflict and tell us in the comments below: Are you Team Chase or Team Harmon?

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  • Naql
    Naql

    Speaking of unprofessional, Celebuzz... Do you even test your website on an iPad? I am being charitable and assuming that you are just incompetent and that you didn't intentionally dupe me into clicking through for that audio and then sitting through two videos and a thirty second countdown before you crashed my browser app.

  • Chris Hinch
    Chris Hinch

    Wow, you just missed completely on this comment. Not only has this show been funny since it's very first episode, they are not rehashing or stretching scripts out at all. These episodes u speak of (second paintball & blanket fort) are odes to fans. They made those episodes for us because we lived paintball and we loved the blanket fort. It's called a running gag/joke/storyline, and they are for the fans who have been devoted to the show since day 1. Not only is this show the best comedy on network TV, it's only going to get better. It's been renewed for a 4th season, only 13 episodes, but if NBC cancels it, which would be redic, I guarantee a hulu or Netflix type company would pick it up. Just like Netflix is doing now with arrested development.

  • Keith
    Keith

    LOL. Where is Cousin Eddie when you need him?

  • Hoho
    Hoho

    Gonna have to disagree. Chevy (with an 'e', not an 'a') is just expressing his opinion because he cares. If he truly didn't care, he wouldn't be so impassioned about it. He actually literally does say Dan does great writing and he thinks what he does is great. The problem, as Chevy sees it, is that he's not there when the laughs are being heard, when the reactions are positive to certain things, whether it's written or improvised. All that stuff is edited out in the final version of the show instead of leaving that stuff in. He has a valid point. It's one thing to call the shots but another to actually hear and know what you have that should or shouldn't be cut. Besides, there are a lot of things that they focus way too much on or rehash, like the paintball or blanket crap or the continuous love affairs. Yea, that stuff is fun and intriguing but don't rely on it too much. Do some fresh things, incorporate what's great and funny into some new scenarios and circumstances. And hell yea he gets to protest, he's a part of the show, just like everyone is. The show is great, I think it's brilliant when it's brilliant. But when it's not, I recognize it. Nothing's perfect.

  • ChevySaveFace
    ChevySaveFace

    And honestly, chevy was never really funny in the national lampoon movies, or SNL... so I'm not sure what he's talking about.

  • guest
    guest

    whatever chevy has a great body of work

  • MLN
    MLN

    I'm sorry but I think you are simply wrong. Sure, Community is really strange like that, but if someone doesn't get that it's still genius, funny and profound from time to time, that's their problem. Chavy is among these people. More importantly, this *is* jerky... and a lot too! Chavy is an actor, he Came to Harmon saying he wanted to be on the show... he gets to act, he doesn't get to call the shots and he barely gets to protest, doesn't matter how old he is. He's the one who almost never watch the show (his words), no wonder he doesn't understand it.

  • Derek
    Derek

    Hey. If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I'd like Dan Harmon, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here...with a big ribbon on his head! And I want to look him straight in the eye, and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey shit he is! Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where's the Tylenol?

  • NeilZ
    NeilZ

    I don't see anything "jerky" about this at all. Chevy cares about the quality of the show, and his concerns are obviously not being heard. The show hasn't been good for at least a year...everything feels like they're stretching to find the humor in the script, and re-hashing the same stuff (did we really need ANOTHER paintball fight, and even more episodes concerning blanket and pillow villages?). It seems like, if the producers gave the cast more of a script outline and let them use their considerable talents in improvisation (without editing everything out), the show would be much funnier and more successful.

  • Abed is Batman Now
    Abed is Batman Now

    Who ever wrote this article has some really shitty investigating skills. The biggest one in my opinion is when you stated that community had low ratings last week on thursday. What they could of mentioned was every single show on thursday night took a big hit on ratings (even big bang theory) and that Community with it's low ratings still was the highest rated show on NBC show that night.

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    southjm

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  • RG
    RG

    He doesn't understand the humor in the best thing he's done in the last 20 years.

  • Ryan Patrick
    Ryan Patrick

    at the 12:00 mark Dan starts talking about the message that Chevy left him. Check it on this video I shot of the Community panel at WonderCon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odWd7Kw1ITQ

  • Scuba Steve
    Scuba Steve

    Maybe they edit you out Chevy because you aren't funny anymore...You haven't been funny since you quit taking copious amounts of drugs and since you had horrible, horrible bomb of a talk show.

  • Angie
    Angie

    Poor Pierce. Not funny, not even as Chevy Chase LOL

  • Bill
    Bill

    "I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve been making a lot of people laugh — a lot better than this.” No. No, you haven't. You rode Belushi, Ackroyd and Murray to fame. What exactly have you done since then that made anyone laugh? I thought Pierce was a good character for you because he's basically the public's perception of you!

  • VoxPopuli
    VoxPopuli

    I'm on Team End Celebrity Gossip Blog Bullshit! Seriously though, YOU (publication and author) are the reason situations like this blow up and actually cause problems. How's about you DON'T report on bullshit gossip from over two years ago just to try and stir up some pageviews? I realize actual journalism is hard, but please do try and give it a shot. Signed, The rest of the world.

  • Schiffy
    Schiffy

    One of, if not the best shows on TV right now... Chevy was never really that funny.

  • Gerberoid
    Gerberoid

    Hey, that there one line of hizzen is real good -- this one: "It ain’t funny to me because I’m 67-years-old and I’ve been doing this a long time." Ha ha! Boy, it don't get no funnier then that! Now that there is funny stuff, even if it is months old!. He must be 68 by this time, huh? Say, wasn't he in a movie with a cat that got electric shocked by a Christmas Tree or sumptin?

  • CRZ
    CRZ

    Maybe if this tape weren't well over a year old, it'd be a bigger deal. Or a deal at all.

  • David Jansen
    David Jansen

    Please, Leonard is way funnier than Pierce.

  • Colin
    Colin

    It seems 'improbable that Chase -- will not be back?' Would you like to take another run at that sentence?

  • chadfarthouse
    chadfarthouse

    why is this tape censored? are you kidding me? it's on the fucking internet...

  • Zorbitor
    Zorbitor

    I was making people laugh while you were in 5th grade a**hole! - Howdy Doody

 
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