Community Canceled: Joel McHale Claims Cult Show Is Ending Because Of Salaries
Community is canceled if Joel McHale is right. In a new interview, McHale revealed that the people at Yahoo can not afford the stars of the comedy and have therefore called it quits after season six.
Community has been cancelled, according to Joel McHale. In a new and lengthy conversation with Metro Weekly, McHale jokingly revealed that he is gay, begged for questions about Caitlyn Jenner, talked about his childhood in Seattle and explained that Yahoo has cancelled Community after season 6 because they are unable to pay the cast the salaries they are demanding.
The series, which starred McHale along with Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, and Jim Rash debuted on NBC in 2009 and focused on a very weird, funny and diverse study group attending the Greendale Community College.
While it was always critically acclaimed, Community never hit the jackpot ratings wise, which prompted the Peacock network to end it in 2014 after five seasons. The cult show, which is based on creator Dan Harmon‘s real life has diehard fans, who took to the Internet and fought for its resurrection. Months after its cancellation, the on-demand streaming service, Yahoo! Screen came to the rescue and managed to get the entire cast for the new season.
However, it appears that the crazy clan composed of Jeff Winger, Britta Perry, Shirley Bennett and beloved Spanish professor Ben Chang has finally bid adieu to Community for good. Joel McHale said they are not returning to Yahoo for a seventh season because of money issues. He explained:
“No. They wanted to.But all of our contracts were up after six years. All the actors on the show, almost without exception – their stock has risen significantly and it’s out of the pay rate that is affordable to make the show. So, you’re not going to be able to get Alison Brie or Gillian Jacobs at a normal television salary anymore. There is just not enough money to be able to pay for the show.”
Thus far, the other stars of the show have not commented on the story, but Yahoo claims that it is not over until they say so. A spokesperson for Yahoo shared in a statement:
“We’ve seen tremendous value in our partnership with [Community’s production company] Sony and are continuing to discuss future opportunities for Community.”
Many are hoping that the stars will reconsider and continue with the sitcom and few even have their fingers crossed for the much-talked about movie to come to fruition.
As stated above Joel McHale is hilarious, and his whole interview is worth your time, read it here.
What are your thoughts on Community getting canceled?