Dan Harmon Talks Why Sony Doesn’t Like Him
Dan Harmon by all accounts is pretty happy nowadays. And who can blame him, with two script orders from majors networks. So, in an interview with KCRW’s The Business he talked openly about the Community situation. He knew Sony didn’t like him very much: “Sony was always bummed out about the way I thought and wrote. They always fantasized about getting rid of me.” But it wasn’t completely unprovoked he explains:
“There is an episode in the third season [episode 13: “Digital Exploration of Interior Design”] where one of the b-stories is about a mysterious girl named Kim that left a note in Joel McHale’s character’s locker. And he’s trying to figure out who Kim is and it turns out it was a guy. We were just trying to get under the skin of Kim Rozenfeld, who’s the head of current programming. It was just a lot of jokes about how Kim’s a girls name and who care about his notes.”
Ok, that’s really funny. Still, it is a bit… odd. Here’s Dan’s defense:
“My writers would stay up until four in the morning, if that’s what they thought was required to make the show airable. And people who don’t stay up until four in the morning, don’t have a right to use certain language when they talk about those writers’ work… I will, kind of, correct your language a little bit in an e-mail, if I don’t think you’re a little bit humbled by the amount of work that a good writer puts into something.”
Watch the offending clip and listen to the interview (starts at 6:30 mark) below. Whose side are you on? Are you #teamHarmon or #teamKim? Just kidding, we’re all obviously on Dan’s side.