“Community” showrunner and “Rick & Morty” co-creator Dan Harmon is publicly apologizing to a female writer for treating her “like garbage” and abusing his position while he was her boss on the NBC comedy. Megan Ganz was a writer on the Joel McHale-starring series from 2010 to 2013, reporting to show creator, writer, and exec producer Harmon until 2012 when he was fired from the production, reportedly for his erratic and difficult behaviour on set.
On Tuesday, Harmon declared 2017 “Year Of The A$$hole” in a tweet, adding, “Myself included”. Following his post, former “Community” writer Ganz kicked off a lengthy tweet exchange, asking him to be “more specific” when it came to pointing the finger at himself.
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Harmon responded, acknowledging an earlier subtweet he had perceived to be about himself.
In October, shortly after news of Harvey Weinstein’s multiple instances of sexual misconduct broke, Ganz tweeted: “I know we’re not supposed to attack our allies, but seeing my former abuser go after HW is a real trigger. Hey, bud. I once told you I didn’t feel comfortable working at your home, just us two, and you said, ‘Relax, Ganz. I’m not gonna rape you.'”
Harmon seemed to reference that comment in his initial response to the writer.
Harmon did not refute her claims and offered an apology, calling himself an “awful boss” and a “selfish baby” implying he didn’t have an exact recollection of events in his “foggy” memory. Ganz responded wishing her memories of their time working together “were foggier,” citing the fallout from their encounters left her to doubt her talents as a writer.
The tweet exchange comes a day after a collective of 300 powerful actresses, female agents, producers, writers and directors unveiled the Time’s Up initiative to combat sexual harassment in every industry.