The actor finally addressed allegations that he was difficult to work with on the sets of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and the Dan Harmon comedy “Community.”
Chase departed from “Community” after four seasons due to ongoing conflicts with Harmon, 49, over the direction of his character Pierce Hawthorne. Despite their differences, Chase made a cameo appearance in the first episode of Season 5.
During an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” the 78-year-old was asked how he felt when he hears his former colleagues describing him as a “jerk” while detailing their negative experiences working with him.
“I guess you’d have to ask them,” chuckled Chase. “I don’t give a crap!”
The star noted that he’s completely content with himself.
“I am who I am,” Chase explained. “And I like where – who I am. I don’t care. And it’s part of me that I don’t care. And I’ve thought about that a lot. And I don’t know what to tell you, man. I just don’t care.”
In 2012, Deadline reported that Chase used the N-word during a heated discussion with Harmon over his character, an aging, bigoted tycoon. While Chase didn’t use the word to address Black cast members, Donald Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown, the exchange angered the cast.
That year, Harmon claimed to The New Yorker that Chase often interrupted Glover’s scenes and made racial “cracks” between takes. Harmon also alleged that Chase once remarked, “People think you’re funnier because you’re Black.”
“Chevy was the first to realize how immensely gifted Donald was, and the way he expressed his jealousy was to try to throw Donald off,” said Harmon. “I remember apologizing to Donald after a particularly rough night of Chevy’s non-P.C. verbiage, and Donald said, ‘I don’t even worry about it.’”
In that same profile, Glover opened up about the situation.
“I just saw Chevy as fighting time — a true artist has to be OK with his reign being over,” said the 38-year-old. “I can’t help him if he’s thrashing in the water. But I know there’s a human in there somewhere — he’s almost too human.”
In response, Chase said, “I am saddened to hear that Donald perceived me in that light.” The outlet noted that Glover quit in the fifth season, adding he was “too bored to do it anymore.”
Previously, Chase had a famous feud with former “Saturday Night Live” castmate Bill Murray. It was 1978 when Chase returned to host the late-night variety show after a rocky exit. Murray reportedly made a joke about Chase’s marriage to Jacqueline Carlin, leading the star to target Murray’s appearance.
The backstage fight reportedly took place in John Belushi’s dressing room with cast members Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman and Gilda Radner witnessing the incident.
In June 2021, Curtin and Newman insisted on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” that the physical altercation happened.
“It was very sad and painful and awful,” said Newman at the time.
Murray and Chase’s fractured friendship was common knowledge in the industry, but the two managed to reconcile for their roles in “Caddyshack,” a 1980 cult classic film that also starred Rodney Dangerfield and a pesky gopher.