When it was announced last week that Community creator Dan Harmon had been fired as showrunner, many quickly clicked over to Twitter to see what stars Dani Pudi, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole-Brown, Donald Glover, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong and Jim Rash would have to say about the situation. As we could have all predicted, however, there was nothing but kind sentiments and well-wishes. But what did we really expect? These are actors trying to keep a job, after all, and it was likely that they didn't want to look bad in the eye of the studio. And the studio definitely didn't want them saying anything out of line.
THR has gotten their hands on a leaked memo sent from the studio to the cast informing them of how they should respond to journalist questions about the firing of Dan Harmon. The letter does say that the actors were looking for appropriate answers to questions about the situation and then lays out four possible questions they might be asked. Here is the memo in its entirety.
With last night's news of David Guarascio and Moses Port as new showrunners/EPs on "Community" running in the press, and since we know that cast members have interviews coming up this week, I wanted to forward some messaging we hope our cast will find helpful as they navigate questions that will undoubtedly come up. I know that David and Moses are reaching out to them all directly but I've also heard from some of the actors that they'd like some guidance on the topic.
I saw some of the tweets that went out and wereglad they all addressed their own sentiments quickly, and we're hoping that the news will lose some steam over the next day, especially if we're not perpetuating the topic in any way
We're tracking the coverage and conversation and will circle back if we feel the need to reshift our plan or messaging. Please let me know if you have questions.
Why did Dan get let go from the show?
We're not made aware of why staffing changes take place but I will always be grateful to Dan for his great work on the show and wish him only the best. We're also excited that we'll be back on NBC's schedule in the fall and are looking forward to working on those episodes.
Were you aware that Dan was going to be let go?
No, that's not something we're consulted on. I'm sad to see him go but I am looking forward to starting our next 13 episodes of "Community."
Did the studio or network consult with you about these changes?
No they didn't but we're looking forward to working with David Guarascio & Moses Port on a new season of Community.
What are their plans for the new season?
It's a little early to say at this point but we're looking forward the stories our characters will find themselves in come Sept.
It should be noted that these kinds of memos aren't rare in Hollywood. Everybody has a publicist and the second any major news breaks everyone is made to be prepared for the inevitable questions. We post this because sometimes it's good to let the public look behind the curtain and see Oz pressing the buttons and spinning the dials.