Actor, host, and all-around good guy Joel McHale told MetroWeekly that Community , on which he stars as Jeff Winger, has been canceled—or at least it won't be getting another season at Yahoo—and we're just jamming our fingers in our ears and saying, "AHHHHHHHHHHH I can't hear you, so it can't be true!"
When asked if Community was coming back to Yahoo, McHale said (this is the part where you press back on your browser button so you can pretend it never happened):
"No. They wanted to. But all of our contracts were up after six years. 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."
So there it is, the grisly economics of a beloved show passionately watched by about a dozen people. This is a total bummer because the Yahoo version of Community was great and a return to form for the series, and the prospects of someone else coming in and rescuing the show again are almost nil. But what's with McHale saying it's Brie and Jacobs that are costing a pretty penny? Was McHale working for peanuts and hair gel?
For its part, Yahoo isn't commenting on the interview. And if you are a real optimist, you can always hold out the hope that someone else will save Community or that "and a movie" part will actually happen. But if it's actually gone, at least it went out on a perfect note.
[UPDATE] A Yahoo spokesperson released this statement to TV.com: "We've seen tremendous value in our partnership with Sony and are continuing to discuss future opportunities for Community."