In what may in fact end up being a piece of non-news, today The Hollywood Reporter…err…reported that Chevy Chase will finally be leaving Community after three seasons. He’s leaving effective immediately which is a bit of odd timing considering that a good chunk but not all of the fourth seasons 13 episode commitment have already been shot.
It’s assumed that he will appear in the finale (…if its actually the finale..NBC does have the option to pick up more episodes) since a writer tweeted a picture of the cast seated around the study room preparing to shoot said finale.
It’s unclear right now if the departure will be written into the show but its said his departure will not impact production. Which is good because they only have like 4 months to finish the last two episodes…and yes that was sarcasm thank you. This of course brings to an end the long standing tumultuous relationship between Chase and the little show that could however both sides claim that the departure is amicable and not Chase quitting or being fired. They did however make a point of saying there would be no other departures…which is cute considering the odds of a 5th season are about .000000001%. It would be more accurate to say that everyone is leaving the show but there you have it. In fact, the rumor mill has it that Donald Glover has signed a development deal to create and star in a sitcom loosely based on his life so take that for what you will.
Its been a fine run Community…maybe in 10 years you can come back for a few episodes on Netflix or something…