In an interview with Howard Stern Wednesday morning, McHale said Chase simply “didn’t want to be there,” adding that whenever he attempted to reason with his co-star “he would just try to fight me. He physically wanted to fight me.”
McHale also confirmed that Chase did drop the N-word on set, an incident that set the stage for his exit. “You shouldn’t be throwing that around on the set,” he said. “[After] he said it, I said, ‘We are now at DEFCON 1.’”
Chase’s character, Pierce, will appear in roughly 10 episodes of Community‘s 13-episode fourth season, which bows this Thursday at 8/7c.
Press PLAY below to watch snippets of Stern’s Q&A with McHale.