Chevy Chase to leave "Community"

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When the NBC show "Community" returns for its fourth season next year, one character will be noticeably missing from its cast.

The Hollywood Reporter says Chevy Chase and the producers of the show have decided that Chase is leaving - effective immediately.  The 69-year-old actor played Pierce Hawthorne on the series.

His absence isn't expected to affect production because most of the season is already taped.

There is no word on whether his exit will be written into the season, but The Hollywood reporter says that he's expected to appear in the season finale.

Community will premiere February 7th.