MEGAN LEVY April 02, 2012
Chevy Chase in a scene from Community.
Forget Community spirit.
A bitter war of words has broken out between veteran funnyman Chevy Chase and the creator of the hit television show Community, culminating in the actor leaving a foul-mouthed voicemail on his boss' phone that has been leaked online.
Chase, who stars as Pierce Hawthorne in the offbeat NBC television comedy, which screens on Go! in Australia, branded his boss Dan Harmon "fat", an "alcoholic" and an "abomination" in the profanity-riddled message that has sparked rumours that the National Lampoon star was on the verge of quitting the show.
Bad blood between the pair flared when Chase reportedly walked off the set on the final day of shooting last month without filming a crucial scene for the season finale, entertainment website Deadline.com reports.
An infuriated Harmon then gave a speech at the wrap party where he encouraged the crew to yell 'f--- you!" after the 68-year-old, in front of Chase's wife and daughter.
Chase left the party with his family immediately, and soon hit back with the mobile phone message, in which he unleashes a verbal assault Charlie Sheen would be proud of.
"I don't get talked to like that by anyone. Certainly not in front of my wife and daughter you goddamn a------ … fat s---," Chase says in the message.
"I've got nothing to say to you except you can suck my c---. Is that clear?"
Chase also attributes his walk-out on the set to not getting the script beforehand.
Harmon reportedly played the voicemail at a meeting, to the amusement of his colleagues, and the recording found its way online.
Deadline reports that there has been previous tension between Chase and Harmon, with one staff member saying a blow-up between the pair was “inevitable."
Chase has reportedly stormed off the set of the NBC show in the middle of a scene a number of times, and has also argued with Community executive producers-directors Anthony and Joe Russo, the website reports.