April 18, 2012 4:35pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'Community's' Joel McHale Jokes About Chevy Chase Voicemails, Expects Him Back
It was inevitable that the cast of Community would have to address the voicemail controversy between show creator Dan Harmon and star Chevy Chase at NBC's Summer Press Day on Thursday.
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"There's four more voicemails coming out that will make it a full series," star Joel McHale says when a reporter asks about the controversy. "It's going to be a book on tape, or CD. It's going to be read out loud by..."
"Samuel Jackson," co-star Yvette Nicole Brown interjects.
When asked how they felt about Chase's comments that the show isn't funny, McHale replied, "He says that every day and we say, 'Well, it's not Karate Dog'." But the actor took on a more serious tone when asked if he thought Chase would return if the show were given a fourth season.
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"Those voicemails, he obviously wasn't very happy about," McHale says. "He loves the cast and my guess is that he'll be back. Let's get the pick up and then we'll see what happens. I'm assuming so, if he gets the Bentley he's been asking for."
Community, which returned in March after being benched last December, has been making strides toward getting that fourth season renewal. In recent weeks (and with a rejuvenated fanbase as a result of its hiatus), the show has even been able to beat out NBC's other Thursday night comedies. Brown says the earliest they expect to find out about a pick-up will be NBC Upfronts in a few weeks.
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