It's OK That Chevy Chase Used The N-Word, See, Because Richard Pryor Gave Him Permission
Tomorrow is the big day, folks. After an eight month, forced hiatus, Community returns, and we’ll find out whether all the promotion, the Internet print, and the press rounds from the cast will be worth it, and by this time tomorrow, we’ll probably be making assumptions based on a very inaccurate overnight ratings number whether the show is sunk or whether it has a shot at a fifth season. For the record, the way things are going at NBC, a 1.7 in the 18-49 demo — or about what it averaged at the end of season three — should give it a solid chance of renewal. If you’re behind, don’t forget to check out the trailer, what the new showrunners have to say about the prospects of a fifth season, what the old showrunner has to say about what he’d have done with this season, and 25 Easter Eggs, Running Gags, and Inside Jokes from the last three season.
Caught up? Good. Just one more thing we have to touch upon before we move on: Remember when Chevy Chase dropped an N-bomb and ended up briefly shutting down production on Community before he ultimately left the series? Yeah, well, about that.
In an interview with Howard Stern, Joel McHale explained — uncomfortably, like he had no desire to be on Stern’s show — that when McHale attempted to calm Chase down, he would try to fight McHale. Specifically, on the N-word fracas, it turns out it was TOTALLY OK what Chevy Chase said, because Richard Pryor totally gave him permission.
I didn’t realize that’s how it worked. So, in order to use the N-word freely, all we need to do is get permission from a black friend? Good to know. I’m going to keep that information in my back pocket.
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