Actor Chevy Chase reportedly used the N-word during a rant on the “Community” set on Friday.
Multiple outlets are reporting that the actor-comedian used the racist slur during a tirade in which he complained about the direction of his bigoted character.
People close to the situation say that Chase had been increasingly frustrated and uncomfortable with the direction of his character, Pierce, who is a bigot. After getting fed more lines he found offensive during a scene yesterday, I hear he snapped and launched the tirade, airing his frustration and suggesting that the way things with Pierce are going, he may next be asked to call Troy (Glover) or Shirley (Brown) the N-Word. I hear the outburst upset the cast.
Chase later apologized.
The racial content of his tirade does appear out of character for Chase, who once marched in the civil rights movement, but the blowup itself is not. Chase is known for having a short fuse and storming off the set of Community in the middle of a scene if he is not happy with the script. His feud with show’s creator/former showrunner Dan Harmon last year escalated into a profanity-laced message Chase left on Harmon’s voice mail.
There are conflicting reports as to whether the incident briefly interrupted production on the sitcom.
NBC has not commented on the situation