Chevy Chase has been accused of making racially-motivated digs at Donald Glover during the filming of Community.
Community aired for six seasons on NBC from 2009 to 2015. Glover played Troy Barnes in the show, leaving in the fifth season.
Chase was part of the main cast in the role of Pierce Hawthorne for the first four seasons before appearing more sporadically as a guest in season five.
According to a new New Yorker profile about Glover, his veteran co-star Chase “often tried to disrupt his scenes and made racial cracks between takes”.
National Lampoon alum Chase is said to have once told Glover: “People think you’re funnier because you’re black”.
The show’s creator Dan Harmon appeared to corroborate the claims, saying: “Chevy was the first to realise how immensely gifted Donald was, and the way he expressed his jealousy was to try to throw Donald off.”
“I remember apologising to Donald after a particularly rough night of Chevy’s non-P.C. verbiage,” Harmon added, “and Donald said, ‘I don’t even worry about it’.”
Glover himself has said: “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.”
Responding to the claims, Chase has said: “I am saddened to hear that Donald perceived me in that light.”