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.

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