Joel McHale: Chevy Chase "physically wanted to fight me"

"Community's" Joel McHale talks about the actor's antagonizing behavior prior to his departure

By Prachi Gupta

Published February 6, 2013 9:30PM (EST)

Despite how chummy they may look in the picture above, "Community" actor Joel McHale painted a very different picture of his relationship with ex-"Community" actor Chevy Chase to Howard Stern recently. Chase, who made no secret that he hated the show because it was "the lowest form of television," left mid-season apparently to star in the highest form of television, a commercial.

McHale recounted to Stern that Chase "didn't want to be there." And, according to McHale, Chase "would try to fight" him when reminded that the show was a good opportunity. (McHale clarified that "he'd physically try to fight.") McHale says that Chase also "threw around the N-word" on set, justifying its use by saying he had permission from Richard Pryor.

Prachi Gupta

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