‘Destroyed everything’

Former ‘Community’ writer forgives the show’s creator after he publicly apologizes for sexually harassing her

Dan Harmon (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Seeso)

Dan Harmon, the creator of popular TV shows Community and Rick and Morty, has apologized to a former writer on Community who called Harmon out on Twitter for sexually harassing her, and then exacting petty vengeance against her when she spurned his advances. Writer Megan Ganz had told Harmon on Twitter that his behavior had forever stained what should have been positive memories of the first episodes she ever wrote for TV, and left her unsure of her own talent and “afraid to be enthusiastic” at work for years, “knowing it might be turned against me later.” Harmon had responded that he deeply regretted “abusing my position, treating you like garbage,” and that he was planning to issue a proper apology on his podcast.

About 18-and-a-half minutes into the podcast, Harmon went into excruciating detail about his behavior, including how he first began feeling attracted to Ganz while he was in a relationship with another woman. Harmon said he began hitting on Ganz, despite his position as her boss, and even declared his love for her after he and his girlfriend eventually broke up. After Ganz refused his affections and told him that his pursuit of her was interfering with her work, Harmon said that he grew resentful, and began publicly undermining her as a writer. Both she and the show, he admitted, suffered as a result of his behavior.

“I lost my job. I ruined my show. I betrayed the audience. I destroyed everything, and I damaged her internal compass,” Harmon said. “I moved on, and I never did it before and I’ll never do it again, but I certainly wouldn’t have been able to do it if I had any respect for women. On a fundamental level, I was thinking about them as different creatures. I was thinking about the ones that I liked as having some special role in my life. I did it all by not thinking about it.”

“I did it by not thinking about it, and I got away with it by not thinking about it. If she hadn’t mentioned something on Twitter, I would have continued to not have to think about it,” he added. “If you don’t think about it, you’re going to get away with not thinking about it, and you can cause a lot of damage that is technically legal, and hurts everybody.”

After listening to the podcast, Ganz appeared to be moved deeply. She shared a link to it on Twitter, describing it as “a masterclass in How to Apologize,” and told Harmon that she forgave him.

“What I didn’t expect was the relief I’d feel just hearing him say these things actually happened,” she wrote. “I didn’t dream it. I’m not crazy. Ironic that the only person who could give me that comfort is the one person I’d never ask.”

Read the full story at Vulture.


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