'Community' Creator Dan Harmon Admits He's Kind of a Horse's Ass
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'Community' Creator Dan Harmon Admits He's Kind of a Horse's Ass

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | July 11, 2012 | Comments ()


No sh*t, Harmon. As many have speculated on Harmon, he wasn't fired from "Community" for no reason. He was erratic, unruly, and he allowed the fracas between he and Chevy Chase to go public. That's why he was fired, and that's why NBC lost one of its most creative minds. In an interview with Marc Maron on G4, he admitted as much.

"If 20 people call you a horse's ass, you buy a saddle ... I feel like I'm a good person and a professional, a very able leader of men. I also feel like I'm 25 ... Maybe I am just a jerk. To people who work above me I am a liability that isn't worth the benefit. It's a low-rated show that's not generating much revenue."

Harmon also admitted that, once he saw the writing on the wall, he ran wild with the show.

Harmon acknowledged that he started creatively "farting around" on Community, such in the much-loved paintball episode, once he started to believe the show was going to get cancelled by NBC. "In the third season you can see me start to go, 'Never mind, just give me a good review in the Times.'" Harmon said NBC respected the idea of Community being a critical darling, but also noted the comedy was getting clobbered in the ratings -- especially by CBS' Big Bang Theory. "Why does the robot get to eat the people?" he joked about Big Bang's popularity. Still, Harmon admitted he aspires to achieve mainstream success. "You're supposed to make a hamburger that everyone wants in their mouth, that's how you know you're doing it well."

As for Harmon's future: He wants to make a show maybe not as smart as "Community."

"My [next] idea is to have less ideas, because I want to be successful in television. I turned off 90 percent of my brain ... for the first season of Community."). That next show, Harmon says, could be a multi-camera comedy -- like Big Bang Theory -- "just to prove that it's not cancer, it doesn't have to be. TV in all of its ugliness can be a beautiful thing."

Here's the full video:

(Via EW)

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  • Miley's Virus

    What a dick. He's nothing without Annie's boobs. That took some real genius:
    DH- This show is pretty lame, what could I possibly do to make it good?
    Intern- Get that one's tits on screen more. Maybe have her run around a little.
    DH- That's it! TITS! I'm brilliant! No one has ever thought of doing this on TV before! I'm better than everyone! I shit iced cream!

  • Mrs. Julien

    How much of a horse's ass by regular people standards do you have to be to qualify as one by Hollywood standards. What's the ratio and conversion rate? Is Frat Boy still the standard measurement unit? Is it Sincere Jersey Shore Fans now?

  • holy faulk. This "I may be a horse's ass but really I'm just too smart for your average TV Network, its executives and audiences" 'tude is so vintage Los Angeles, the skinny jeaned hipsters are already over imitating the guy.

    Sigh. Has to be in the wat- er, vodka.

  • Puddin

    "Why does the robot get to eat the people?" Is that one of those Zen Buddhist, "How many babies fit in the tire" type questions?

  • Jezzer

    So he admits he's a horse's ass in the most condescending, "I guess I'm too smart for everyone else" way possible? I am just fucking floored by his growth as a human being here, really.

  • Jezzer

    That is some SORKIN shit, right there.

  • Return of Santitas

    Word. Sorkin it up baby. Like Jenna's backhanded compliments on 30 Rock..."It's hard for me to watch American Idol because I have perfect pitch". It's hard for Dan Harmon to be nice to NBC executives because his intellect is just incomprehensible to them. It's like he's from another planet, man! Fuck this guy (I love Community but this guy is such a fucking tool).

  • John G.

    I'd rather watch Harmon shitting on stage in his own multi-cam, then big bang theory any day. Shutting off 90% of his brain, Harmon is still more creative than all the writers at CBS.

  • andrew

    So let me get this straight. A large chunk of the Community faithful are shitting all over the new show runners (who are coming from a relatively smart and funny show, in Happy Endings) before they even have a chance to prove themselves. Meanwhile their beloved boy king Dan Harmon, whom they lavish with praise, is working on churning out the next Big Bang Theory. Will these same people defend him when he unleashes this turd upon humanity? My guess is yes. Yes they will.

  • EAG46

    At least he admits that he's a horse's ass. That puts him ahead of a lot of people in the entertainment world.

  • Becca

    Personally, he just strikes me as incredibly stubborn and somewhat clueless socially. I don't think he thought what he was doing was assholish at the time, but after people pointed it out to him, he grudgingly admitted it after having some time to cool down. And I'm actually thinking that a multi- camera comedy would be interesting with Harmon behind the wheel, I can see what he's saying about proving that they're not evil.

  • Maguita NYC

    Exactly. Chevy Chase is a reputed rhinoceros ass, but because he kept it out of the public's eye, he is therefore more acceptable and in-line with the powers' that be public perception.

    This is my first Pajiba post. Hello!

  • Salad_Is_Murder

    Welcome aboard, now shut up and grab a pickaxe or a chain saw; we're gonna start trying to dislodge the sticks from the writing staffs' asses.

  • Maguita NYC

    I hear fracking works well enough.

  • Green Lantern


  • Maguita NYC

    I am? Thank you... But who is us?

  • twig


  • Maguita NYC


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  • zeke_the_pig

    Didn't the dogs of whore die..? That one time...? I can't remember the details... Oh wait, I'm rambling!
    Oh, here come the dogs!

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    They didn't die. They were just...preoccupied for an extend period of time. Given the whoring and such.

  • Maguita NYC

    Thank you Zeke! I see there is some internal turmoil in Pajiba's hallways that I'm not aware of!

    Anything I should keep clear of? Any subjects, opinions, etc.? A short first-day orientation if you will. Thank you!

  • AudioSuede

    If you see a post by anyone (myself included) that's more than three paragraphs long, steer clear of the entire thread; shit's about to get feely.

  • Maguita NYC

    But... I love when shit gets feely! Doesn't snark thrive on stinky shit?
    I understand though, some overlong (including mine) bores, can rob one of any creativity. I'll heed your warning @AudioSuede:disqus . Thanks!

  • Maguita NYC


    Calm your rabid b-tches down, this meat ain't so fresh.

  • csb

    Did some from The Big Bang Theory run over his dog?

  • ManBearPig

    His top dog?

  • zeke_the_pig

    So he's a horse's ass to the top dogs at NBC? Sounds like the negative connotations of that phrase might have to be reassessed in that context.

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