Deadline reports that Chase, who plays aging heir to a moist towelette fortune Pierce Hawthorne, will be returning to Greendale Community College with the rest of the cast in the new season. Chase’s future with the show was until this point uncertain, as he’s made noise about leaving in interviews and publicy expressed his dissatisfaction with the sitcom’s unusual and unique sense of humor.
Chase also has infamously not gotten along with Harmon — the pair were involved in an ugly feud that peaked with the leak of an angry voicemail from the comedian to the show-runner in which the former calls the latter fat and an alcoholic and says that “your writing is getting worse and worse.” Harmon played the message at a small comedy show, from which it made its way to TMZ, eventually prompting Harmon to issue an apology.
No one claims that the decision not to renew Harmon’s contract had anything to do with his relationship with Chase, but it’s hard not to believe that Chase’s decision to stay on the show was helped along by the fact that Harmon is no longer going to be involved in the day-to-day of production. David Guarascio and Moses Port, of “Happy Endings,” will serve as showrunners in the new season.