Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Dan Harmon Addresses the Chevy Chase Spat

Dan Harmon took to his Tumblr last night to address the public feud he and Chevy Chase got into, which involved Chevy walking off set, Harmon insulting him in front of his family at the wrap party, Chevy leaving Harmon an angry voicemail, and then Harmon playing said voicemail to audience members at a show in LA. And Harmon feels terrible about that last part:

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 youtubing 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, but the giant mistake I made was involving someone else in that game of russian roulette, someone that didn’t have an opportunity to say “yeah, hilarious, let’s do this.” That was a dumb, unclassy, inconsiderate move on my part. I’m very sorry it’s reflecting poorly on the show.

He goes on to say that he's looking to just finish working on the show and wait for this to blow over. Which it will! It's refreshing to see someone address a he-said-she-said public fight with a level of honesty and acceptance of responsibility. Now, we just wait for Chevy to post his side of the story to his Tumblr. Chevy has a Tumblr, right?

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  • Michael McAllister@twitter

    It is nice to see him address the situation and acknowledge making a mistake but without a direct apology to Chevy*, I doubt this will just blow over. With no more episodes to shoot, both times have a bit of time to let this simmer and eat at them. It's frustrating to see these two put such a black eye on their show.

    * unless Harmon apologized in private

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Mischnick/699648889 Michael Mischnick

    Harmon still sounds like a huge douche to me. Basically, this "apology" sounds like a "oh shit, what I thought was totally funny before has made ME look like a douchebag on the internet, so I better issue a totally insincere 'apology'" apology.

    • doggans

      @Michael Mischnick //Harmon still sounds like a huge douche to me.//

      Could be because he spends a good chunk of the post describing himself as such.

      //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…Thirty people a day calling me an asshole makes me know and feel, in my heart, that I am an asshole. I’m a real “customer is always right” kind of guy in that regard. So, when you see me not talking about this, it’s not because I’m trying to get away with something, it’s because the more I say, the worse it gets.//

      Harmon certainly has always displayed his…issues with depression and bitterness and whatnot. He's made plenty of enemies on the internet before, and rarely (if ever) apologized for it. But he's also constantly displayed appreciation for the show's fans, so it only makes sense he would address it the first time one of his fights could directly affect the show.

  • I'm Gary@twitter

    So Harmon's sorry what he did made him look bad. No actual apology to Chevy. Does nobody know how to be "the better man" anymore?

  • Sam Christopher@twitter

    Dan, Chevy, clearly they've both been douches in this situation. But as someone who was in the voicemail audience…I just want to say shame on the person who posted it. I worry that the next Harmontown is just going to be this blog post, drawn out for an hour and a half.