The Hollywood Reporter has an extensive Dan Harmon profile out today called “The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Dan Harmon,” with a ton of new info about the reasons the Community creator was fired and rehired onto his show. Here’s a section finally explaining why NBC and Sony let him go last year:
Harmon was forced out – a move the studio had considered making earlier – for a collection of reasons, including erratic behavior and an oddball leadership style, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Many say he regularly showed up hours late to work and on one occasion outright disappeared to San Francisco for a few days surrounding the SF Sketchfest comedy festival. A tug of war between his perfectionist tendencies and his procrastinator nature led to table reads being delayed – and, at least twice, canceled – and periodic all-nighters. (Former staffers tell tales of songs on season three’s musical episode being written the weekend before shooting, and the set of the same season’s video game episode still being built the morning production was supposed to start.) There was his liquor intake, which was substantial enough for Harmon to label himself a “ninja of alcoholism,” and his habit of falling asleep during the workday, which his staff documented on a Tumblr account called Sleepy Harmon. Some of the show’s writers insisted they’d depart if Harmon remained for season four.