Chevy Chase voicemail leaked again
A second voicemail message from Chevy Chase has been leaked online, depicting a deep rift between the veteran comedian and the creators of his sitcom Community.
The show's creator, Dan Harmon, played voicemails from Chevy at a Los Angeles comedy show last year. They have since found their way online, including a recording released on Tuesday by Celebuzz.com.
In the voicemail, Chevy calls Community a "mediocre sitcom" that "is not my kind of comedy".
"It ain't funny to me because I'm 67 years old and I've been doing this a long time," he says. "I've been making a lot of people laugh, a lot better than this."
Though the recordings left on Harmon's phone appear to have taken place during the show's second season, they reveal just how badly things have been for Chevy and Community. The Fletch and National Lampoon star, 68, was initially meant to be the most familiar face to the show, which has generally found critical acclaim and a cult following.
But the airing of such squabbles adds another challenge to Community, which had its current third season delayed to midseason by US network NBC, and which faces an uphill battle for renewal. Last week's episode drew 3.1 million viewers in the US, a series low.
NBC and a representative for Chevy both declined to comment.
Harmon last week wrote a lengthy apology on his Tumblr page for what he called a "horrible, childish, self-obsessed, unaware, naive and unprofessional decision to play someone's voicemail to me".
"I was airing my dirty laundry for a chuckle," Harmon wrote. "That was a dumb, unclassy, inconsiderate move on my part. I'm very sorry it's reflecting poorly on the show."