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'Community' Creator Apologizes For Playing Chevy Chase's Angry Voicemail

'Community' creator Dan Harmon is apologizing for publicly playing, and hence, releasing Chevy Chase's profanity-laden voicemail.

The actor left him an angry message after Harmon told the crew to say a group 'f---k you' to the star at the show's wrap party -- with his wife and daughter present -- for walking out on a scene.

"I'm really not supposed to be commenting on the situation, which I think is great advice, because anything I say will extend the story's life and cause more fans discomfort," Harmon begins on his website.

"But as a guy who blogs or tweets every time he wipes his butt, hugs his cat or hurts his girlfriend, it's conspicuously weird of me to say nothing at all about the giant fart with my name on it that you've been inhaling."

"It feels dishonest not to acknowledge it, it feels rude to the caring fans of the show, people who are tweeting me their concerns that I've jeopardized something they fight to protect, those are the sentiments that are rightfully the most painful because every choice I make, I try to make for the good of the show, and the show is not an expression of my ego or entitlement, it's an expression of my desire to make strangers happy."

"When that's not happening, when I've done something that hurts an audience, it's always an accident. So I have to just acknowledge my mistake and apologize for it to the fans."

"Even the people that hate the show that are tweeting heckles at me are right, I'm a selfish baby and a rude asshole and not a person to trust with your feelings."

"But the people that I really want to apologize to are the fans of the show. If you want to know what's on my mind that I consider worth the attention of five million people, that's the place to look, Thursdays at 8 on TV. Those are the stories and the jokes and observations about life and personal confessions that I intend for that large a venue."

Harmon says he played the voicemail for a small group of people at a monthly show he does and didn't know it would leak out.

"There is also a monthly show I do in the back of a comic book store in Los Angeles in which I say things that I intend for 150 people to hear. I tell stories about what an unlovable asshole I am and the trouble it causes for me. I rant and rave about the world's failure to meet my standards... It was in that venue, months ago, that I made the horrible, childish, self-obsessed, unaware, naive and unprofessional decision to play someone's voicemail to me."

"He didn't intend for 150 people to listen and giggle at it, and I didn't intend for millions of people to read angry reports about it. I was doing what I always do, and always get in trouble for doing, and always pay a steep price for doing. I was thinking about myself and I was thinking about making people laugh."

"I was airing my dirty laundry for a chuckle. I ask people at those shows repeatedly to please think twice about sharing clips of it because it doesn't play well outside the back of a comic book store."

"I always accept the risk that a well-intending fan will upload clips and something scandalous will break wide... That was a dumb, unclassy, inconsiderate move on my part. I'm very sorry it's reflecting poorly on the show."

"It's important to me that you not mistake this for someone thinking they're making it better, or explaining that they're actually a swell person. I'm explaining that you're right, I'm a bonehead, and it sucks, it blows up in my face on a regular basis."

"I agree with you that the show is what's important... I'm just really sorry that I'm so damn bad at that job in so many specific ways, and I promise you that every time I screw up at it, I try to get better."

April 4, 2012 |

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