Dan Harmon Speaks on Community Firing: "Maybe I Am Just a Jerk"

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Dan Harmon appeared yesterday on G4′s Attack of the Show and spoke out for the first time about his firing as the creator of Community.

Coming across as self-deprecating and reflective, with a mixture of stubborn bitterness thrown in, Harmom told Marc Maron:

“If 20 people call you a horse’s ass, you buy a saddle. "I feel like I’m a good person and a professional, a very able leader of men. I also feel like I’m 25... Maybe I am just a jerk. To people who work above me I am a liability that isn’t worth the benefit. It’s a low-rated show that’s not generating much revenue.”

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Harmon also admitted that he became overly focused on critical acclaim, especially throughout Community Season 3.

“Television is a populist... medium," he said. "You’re supposed to make a hamburger that everyone wants in their mouth. But in the third season, you can see me start to go, ‘Never mind – just give me a good review in the Times!’”

While acknowledging he isn't finished with television, and that his next project may be a multi-camera sitcom (“just to prove that it’s not cancer, it doesn’t have to be. TV in all of its ugliness can be a beautiful thing.”), Harmon concluded that Community under his watch was a hit, just not as accounted for by advertisers.

“We were a cross-platform triumph. The problem is that the Nielsen [ratings] system isn’t designed to measure that yet.”

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I love Dan Harmon, and I wish he wasn't fired. But it does seem that the whole brouhaha humbled him a bit, and that's probably a good thing.


i wish he would stay. i love his genius work on community.


It doesn't help NBC barely promotes the show and it in the 8pm slot which was proven not be a good timeslot for NBC. and I find it fascinating that networks and advertisers are aware the Nielsen system is no longer good way to measure ratings but yet continue to use it.

Community Quotes

Me and Abed have an agreement. If one of us dies, we stage it to look like a suicide caused by the unjust cancellation of Firefly. We're gonna get that show back on the air buddy!


Annie: When you found out I was Jewish, you invited me to a 'pool party' that turned out to be a Baptism.
Shirley: Well excuse me for trying to sneak you into Heaven.