Apparently, playing a bigot isn't a lot of fun on the NBC comedy series "Community," and funnyman Chevy Chase reportedly made that fact known by dropping the n-word.
Production on the show’s fourth season was briefly shut down on Friday after the star lost his temper over material he found objectionable, Entertainment Weekly reported.
According to the site, Chase has become increasingly frustrated in talks with writers on the direction of his character, bigot Pierce Hawthorne.
Chase felt that the portrayal of his character has become increasingly bigoted and narrow-minded over the last few years.
Sources told TMZ that during one of the heated exchanges, Chase momentarily lost his cool and reportedly said, "What's next? Am I gonna say the word n-----?"
Witnesses present said the Chase immediately apologized to the staff and stated that his outburst was not directed to two of the show's African-American co-stars, Donald Glover and Nicole Brown.
This is not the first clash between the 69-year-old actor and the makers of the show. Chase was caught publicly feuding with former "Community" director Dan Harmon, slamming the acclaimed show's lack of creativity and humor.
The Christian Post reported that an audio clip previously released by Celebuzz.com features Chase calling the show "just a f------ mediocre sitcom."
"I want people to laugh and this isn't funny," Chase reportedly said on the tape. "It ain't funny to me because I'm 67 years old and I've been doing this a long time. I've been making a lot of people laugh a lot better than this."
Following the confrontation back in April, Harmon was dropped from the show, but the problems have continued.
According to Deadline news, in a recent interview with The Huffington Post UK, he said of signing to do the show, “It was a big mistake! I just sort of hung around because I have three daughters and a wife, and I figured out I might as well make some bread, every week, so I can take care of them in the way they want.”
Wait, there's more: “The hours are hideous, and it’s still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television.”
Perhaps ironically, Chase starred in a classic SNL sketch alongside the late Richard Pryor, in which, in a word association exercise, he calls Pryor the n-word and in turn, the black comedian threatens him, the Grio reported.
"Community" was originally set to premiere last Friday, Oct. 19, but NBC has since rescheduled its premiere for an undetermined date.