The rumors are true — Community creator Dan Harmon, who was ousted from the show after season three, confirmed on Twitter that he is indeed returning to the show for its as-yet-unscheduled fifth season, crediting Community actor Joe McHale for his return.
— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 1, 2013
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harmon is finalizing his deal with show producer Sony Pictures Television to return to the series as showrunner. THR also reports that Chris McKenna, writer and executive producer, who left the show last year, is also finalizing his return. Both deals are expected to close in the coming days.
Rumors of his return popped up over Memorial Day weekend during a recording of his Harmontown podcast, where Harmon reportedly told audience members he’s been asked to rejoin the team. He also reportedly added that he would only return to Community if ousted actor Chevy Chase was allowed back as well … and then “couldn’t stop laughing at that idea.” Chase left the show after filming most of season four and was involved in a public feud with Harmon, who was fired as showrunner shortly after leaking an angry voicemail from the actor.