Cult US sitcom bows out with a special hour-long farewell episode on US network NBC
Parks And Recreation will pay tribute to late writer and executive producer Harris Wittels at the end of its last ever episode tonight (February 24).
Wittels, who wrote 12 episodes of the cult US sitcom between 2009 and 2015, was found dead at his home in Los Angeles last Thursday (February 19). Local police have said his death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose.
The seventh and final season of Parks And Recreation draws to a close tonight (February 24) with a special double episode on NBC. The hour-long farewell will conclude with a “We love you, Harris” message from the show’s cast and crew, Deadline reports.
Parks And Recreation star Aziz Ansari – Tom Haverford on the sitcom – paid tribute to Wittels in a lengthy post on his Tumblr on Friday (February 20), writing: “Besides being so unbelievably hilarious, Harris was truly a sweet guy. He was so lovable even when saying the most disgusting things.”
“Anyone that was ever in a writer’s room with him knew he was probably the funniest comedy writer out there. He was just a machine,” Ansari added.
Wittels became a staff writer on Parks And Recreation in 2010 before being promoted to co-producer and then executive producer. He also made several appearances on the show as dim-witted animal control department employee Harris.
Wittels spoke openly about his battles with drug addiction during an appearance on popular podcast You Made It Weird last November (2014), revealing that he had left a rehab facility the previous month after becoming dependent on heroin. A toxicology report on his body is expected to take between six and eight weeks.