May 24th, 2012
12:23 PM ET
The plot surrounding “Community” creator Dan Harmon's replacement has thickened.
The Hollywood Reporter says it has obtained “a talking-points memo” sent from the studio behind the critically acclaimed NBC show to the cast and reps over the weekend.
The intention? To minimize any media fireworks over the beloved but outspoken showrunner's dismissal.
The purported memo provides specific, detailed suggestions on what "Community" cast members should say if questions regarding Harmon's abrupt exit from the show arise during interviews.
For example, the memo said to be from Sony noted that should anyone be asked why Harmon was "let go from the show," the appropriate response would be: "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."
Should anyone be asked if he or she was "aware that Dan was going to be let go," the memo offers this response: "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.'"
The studio confirmed Friday that David Guarascio and Moses Port will replace Harmon when “Community” begins airing again this fall.
For his part, a disappointed Harmon - who responded to his firing via his Tumblr - has received support from many of the show's actors, who rushed to Twitter to offer words of encouragement last week.
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