Chevy Chase is out of Community after three and a half years, effective immediately.
Reports claim the exit is “by mutual agreement” between the actor and producers.
Most of the 13 episode fourth season has been filmed but Chase will be absent from 1 or 2 episodes that are yet to be filmed.
Chase has had a rollercoaster ride with the comedy, famously clashing with creator Dan Harmon, who was replaced as showrunner weeks after leaking an angry voicemail from him.
In October, he used an N-word on-set when questioning dialogue in a scene, then “immediately” apologised to the cast.
According to sources, Chase has been increasingly frustrated and uncomfortable with the direction of his character, Pierce Hawthorne, and had felt that Pierce had run his course.
He recently told the The Huffington Post UK of his return, “It was a big mistake! 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… The hours are hideous, and it’s still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television.”
In the US Community‘s fourth season begins in February Season 4 but if the show isn’t renewed his absence as a supporting character is unlikely to be notice.