Sorry, Greendale Human Beings — school may finally be out.
“All of our contracts were up after six years,” he said. “All the actors on the show, almost without exception — their stock has risen significantly and it’s out of the pay rate that is affordable to make the show. So you’re not going to be able to get Alison Brie or Gillian Jacobs at a normal television salary anymore. There is just not enough money to be able to pay for the show.”
UPDATE: McHale later backtracked on his comments via Twitter on Tuesday.
A rep for Sony Pictures TV, which produces the comedy, said “Community” has yet to be officially canceled.
“We’ve seen tremendous value in our partnership with Sony and are continuing to discuss future opportunities for ‘Community,'” Yahoo said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Community” co-star Ken Jeong said he was “completely in the dark” about the fate of the show during his appearance Tuesday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour where he promoted his ABC sitcom “Dr. Ken.” But he’s holding out hope for the movie that fans have long sought as part of the “six seasons and a movie” pledge for the offbeat ensembler.
“I would love to do a movie,” Jeong said. “Doing a movie would just be amazing.”
“Community” was canceled last year by NBC after five seasons, but it was revived for a sixth season by Yahoo. The series wrapped its 13-episode run on Yahoo! Screen in June.
Fans, however, shouldn’t give up their dreams of #sixseasonsandamovie. Creator Dan Harmon teased a “Community” film at last month’s Comic-Con, noting the cast’s career trajectories.
“We wait a little bit, let [the cast] explore their awesome careers, and then we get together for an incredible movie,” he told TVLine.
The “Community” cast has indeed moved upward in Hollywood in the past few years. Brie had a recurring role on the recently finished “Mad Men,” starred in Sundance comedy “Sleeping With Other People” alongside Jason Sudeikis and provided the voice of Unikitty in last year’s hit “The Lego Movie.” Jacobs guest-starred in the most recent season of “Girls” and will star in Judd Apatow series “Love,” which Netflix has already picked up for two seasons and is set to debut in 2016. Jeong’s domestic comedy bows Oct. 2 on ABC.
McHale himself continues to host “The Soup” on E! and will appear on Fox’s upcoming “The X-Files” revival. Danny Pudi is developing a comedy with Andy Samberg’s the Lonely Island production banner, and Donald Glover, who left the show before season five, has pilot “Atlanta” set up at FX.
Like other cast members, Jeong was quick to credit “Community” with advancing his career.
“‘Community’ made me the actor I am today,” he said, praising Harmon and his castmates. The experience of working on the show “taught me taste and the will to always top yourself with scripts and jokes and performances.”