Harmon told Megan Ganz that he was "disgusted and sorry that I stained our show and your talent with my selfish, childish shit”
Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon has apologised to a former writer of Community for his inappropriate behaviour when the two worked together on the latter show.
Harmon, who also created Community, initially started his apology on December 31 by tweeting: “This was truly the Year of the Asshole. Myself included. We don’t have to make 2018 the Year of the Mensch but I hope it can be the Year of the Not as Much of an Asshole.”
While not specifically aimed at any one person, former Community writer Megan Ganz – who has also written for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Last Man On Earth – later replied to Harmon asking if he “cared to be more specific”.
Harmon then began to apologise for his inappropriate behaviour in a Twitter exchange with Ganz. While the nature of the incident was kept vague, Harmon said: “I didn’t want to add narcissism to injury by naming you without permission. I will talk about it more in any way that you think is just. I am deeply sorry.
“I’m filled with regret and a lot of foggy memories about abusing my position, treating you like garbage. I would feel a lot of relief if you told me there was a way to fix it. I’ll let you call the shots. Til then, at least know I know I was an awful boss and a selfish baby.”
Ganz responded to that tweet by writing: “I wish my memories were foggier. I wish there was a way to fix it. It took me years to believe in my talents again, to trust a boss when he complimented me and not cringe when he asked for my number. I was afraid to be enthusiastic, knowing it might be turned against me later.”
Harmon later said “I’m disgusted and sorry that I stained our show and your talent with my selfish, childish shit”, before Ganz ended the conversation with the message: “It’s good to recognise power dynamics, but it’s also good to recognise you’re no different from those you employ. You’re not a king on a hilltop, nor a beast in a labyrinth. Isolation isn’t always best. Connection breeds empathy. Empathy allows growth.”
Read the entire conversation between Harmon and Ganz below.