So, being cast on meta-playground Community was a mistake? Oh Chevy Chase. Maybe it’s best not to say things like this. Yes, you’re a comedy legend and the world loves you, but no one wants to hear about how awful it is to be on a hit TV show. It’s sort of like saying, “Ouch, my diamond tiara is a bit too tight.”
“It was a big mistake,” he tells Huffington Post UK. “I saw this pilot script, thought that it was funny, and I went into the room where they were casting and said, ‘I would love to play this guy. Then they mulled it over. Then they hired me and I just sort of hung around because I have three daughters and a wife, and I figured out I might as well make some bread, every week, so I can take care of them in the way they want. My wife has just been in the Antarctic, and Cuzco in Peru, and Lima, and Machu Picchu … she likes to travel. That was about a month of traveling, and that will take about a year of work.”
Oh dear. Is it just me, or do you guys get really irritated when stars sound ungrateful? It gets worse though. Apparently “the hours are hideous” and he thinks sitcoms aren’t such a great thing. Seriously. He says, “I prefer movies because the money is better and certainly because you really know where you stand when you are making movies, and I have made a lot of them: 50 something, I don’t know. The hours in this kind of show are not commensurate with the actual product. The hours are hideous, and it’s still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television. That’s my feeling about it.”
The hours are hideous, and it’s still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television. That’s my feeling about it.”
Okay, it’s not Citizen Kane but it’s entertainment. I’m entertained. I like watching the cast build pillow forts, hit the Dreamatorium and pelt each other with paint balls. Does this mean I have no taste? That “lowest form of television” is paying for your wife to hit Machu Picchu. Hundreds of thousands of fans staged rallies and sent letters to keep your show on the air. This is the sort of thing you talk about after the show is off the air. We still have one more shortened season to go.
Still, Chase does say something redeeming. He loves his fellow cast mates. “I think the reason I have stuck around is because I love these kids, the cast – they are very good.” Yes. Yes they are. What do you guys think about this? Is he entitled to state his opinion in an interview, even if it kind of trashes the show? Do you wish he’d kept quiet? Are you still pulling for “six seasons and a movie?” Let us know below.
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