Most of the stuff that’s come out of the Sony leak so far has been embarrassing for those involved (especially Amy Pascal and Adam Sandler), revealing (especially with regard to the struggling Spider-Man franchise) or benign (Jonah Hill called the planned 21 Jump Street/Men in Black crossover “clean and rad and powerful.”)
But the email from Joel McHale to Sony three days after the cancellation of Community, wherein McHale asks for a discount on a television, has the amazing effect of humanizing McHale even more. His show is cancelled and, instead of bitterness, HE ASKS FOR A DISCOUNT.
It’s Joel McHale. You might remember me from such canceled Sony tv shows as—Community.
So when I was talking to Steve about the show ending last Friday, I asked about a discount on a Sony tv. He said of course. He’s the greatest as you know. I didn’t want to bother him with the specific details of the screen I want so I thought I would bother you. I hope that is it [sic] cool.
It’s below. You can check with Steve obviously if this all sounds strange.
I’m not sure how this all works but I’m happy to send a credit card number wherever necessary.
Thanks Fayanne. I’m very much going to miss working at Sony.
Is that not the nicest email from a guy who could’ve been upset that his show had been cancelled (granted, NBC cancelled it, not Sony)? Smart thinking, too, when you work for one of the leading manufacturers of televisions (The TV he asked for, by the way, retailed for $8,000). And when you are as nice a guy as Joel McHale, you get better than the discount: You get the TV for free.
Here was the response from an executive at Sony:
“how much is it? just get it…put it against community deal w money later”
I hope that new TV streams Yahoo.
And in the long-standing debate over who is the better guy, Nathan Fillion of Joel McHale, I do believe McHale pulls ahead.