Chevy Chase is leaving the NBC comedy series Community, effective immediately. There are only one or two episodes left to be shot in Season 4, which will not include the actor's Pierce Hawthorne character. Both the actor and the show's producers came to a mutual agreement to part ways. We reported last month that the new season will debut Thursday, February 7 at 8 PM ET with "History 101".
The news doesn't come as a huge surprise, since he has publicly expressed his distaste for the show, and hinted multiple times that he was leaving after Season 3. The actor also clashed regularly with series creator Dan Harmon, before he was fired in May. NBC hired Moses Port and David Guarascio to take over as showrunners.
According to insiders, Chevy Chase had become increasingly frustrated with his character, Pierce, on the series. There have also been outbursts on the set, one of which was filled with derogatory racial remarks, because he was offended by certain lines of dialogue.
It isn't known how exactly Pierce will be written off the show, which also stars Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong, and Jim Rash. Community's 13-episode fourth season kicks off Thursday, February 7 at 8 PM ET on NBC.