Donald Glover Alludes ‘Community’ Co-Star Chevy Chase Called Him The N-Word
Actor and comedian Chevy Chase is making headlines once again after Donald Glover had a few words to say about him during his speech at the 2023 Writers Guild Awards earlier this week.
Donald Glover attended the Sunday (March 5) event to present the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence to “Atlanta” executive producer Paul Simmons. While giving a speech about Simmons, Donald Glover insinuated that Chase called him the n-word. He started by explaining that while working on “Saturday Night Live,” Sargent came up with a segment called “Weekend Update” which Chase hosted.
“Chevy Chase once called Herb one of the funniest writers working in television. Chevy Chase once called me – You know what? This is about Paul.”
The room filled with laughter, as the actor redirected his speech back to Simmons. Chase was one of the original cast members of “SNL” but left the show just a year after in 1976.
Decades later, he joined the cast of the 2009 sitcom “Community” with Glover as his co-star.
But during their time working together, the “This Is America” rapper allegedly experienced some verbal racist blows from Chase. In a 2018 profile with The New Yorker, it was pointed out that Chase told Glover,
“People think you’re funnier because you’re Black.”
The creator of “Community,” Dan Harmon, previously apologized on behalf of Chase for his behavior and chalked it up to Chase being jealous of Glover. He said,
“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. 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.’ ”
Glover seemingly took the high road to Chase’s racial taunts. He told the New Yorker,
“I just saw Chevy as fighting time—a true artist has to be O.K. with his reign being over. 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.”
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