What the Community cast have been told to tell people about why Dan Harmon was fired

PR is a big part of the television world and it’s always amusing when you get to see the nuts and bolts of it. NBC recently fired Community‘s showrunner, Dan Harmon. As is usual in such matters, they issued a memo about it, with one in particular addressed to the cast so they know what to say in public about the matter.

Entertainingly, the memo has leaked and everyone can see the kind of “robot speak” certain corporate PR people expect human beings to use. Don’t they ever read this kind of thing out loud to themselves? Maybe they do and that’s how they talk. A lot of them do, you know…

Remember: quirky actors are being asked to say these things to placate an intelligent audience.

Why did Dan get let go from the show?
We’re not made aware of why staffing changes take place but I will always be grateful to Dan for his great work on the show and wish him only the best. We’re also excited that we’ll be back on NBC’s schedule in the fall and are looking forward to working on those episodes.

Were you aware that Dan was going to be let go?
No, that’s not something we’re consulted on. I’m sad to see him go but I am looking forward to starting our next 13 episodes of “Community.”

Did the studio or network consult with you about these changes?
No they didn’t but we’re looking forward to working with David Guarascio & Moses Port on a new season of Community.

What are their plans for the new season?
It’s a little early to say at this point but we’re looking forward the stories our characters will find themselves in come Sept.




  • SK

    I would find it amusing if the cast arranged that every time they were asked one of these questions they would make their face an expressionless mask and repeat those exact words in a robot voice.

    They're actors, after all: saying things other people have written word-for-word is supposed to be what they're good at.

  • bob

    How utterly bizarre. And insulting.