One day after NBC confirmed it has replaced Dan Harmon as showrunner on its low-rated but much-loved sitcom Community, Harmon has responded via his Tumblr to the network’s claims that he’ll serve as consultant on the show:
“The important one is this quote from [NBC Entertainment President] Bob Greenblatt in which he says he’s sure I’m going to be involved somehow, something like that. That’s a misquote. I think he meant to say he’s sure cookies are yummy, because he’s never called me once in the entire duration of his employment at NBC. He didn’t call me to say he was starting to work there, he didn’t call me to say I was no longer working there and he definitely didn’t call to ask if I was going to be involved. I’m not saying it’s wrong for him to have bigger fish to fry, I’m just saying, NBC is not a credible source of All News Dan Harmon.”
He goes on to say that while his contract allows him to keep a title like “executive consultant something or other,” he’s nonetheless been rendered powerless, and he has no interest in filling a consulting role: “I’m not saying you can’t make a good version of Community without me, but I am definitely saying that you can’t make my version of it unless I have the option of saying ‘it has to be like this or I quit’ roughly 8 times a day.”
Harmon ends his open letter by wishing his mom a happy Mother’s Day, and then breaking the bad news: “I got fired. Yes Mom. AGAIN.”
NBC did not respond to a request for comment.