11/30/2012 10:05 am ET

'Community' Cliffhanger: Chevy Chase's Character Departure Made Easy

"Community" has a cliffhanger on its hands. According to TVLine, the "Community" Season 4 finale will feature a cliffhanger that will see many of the characters' fates in question. One of those Human Beings? Pierce Hawthrone.

In late November 2012 news broke that Chevy Chase was exiting "Community" after four years -- and countless incidents of bashing his own show -- with a few episodes left to shoot on Season 4. However, Chase will appear in the finale because it was shot out of order, but if Season 5 happens, his fate is sealed. TVLine reports the Season 4 finale wasn't intended to be the farewell episode for Chase, it just worked out that way.

In March, Chase told HuffPost TV that he had "creative issues with this show. I always have." He compared elements of the show to "being relegated to hell and watching 'Howdy Doody' for the rest of your life."

"I can't stand sitcoms," he said. "I probably won't be around that much longer, frankly."

"Community" hasn't had an easy time as of late. Behind-the-scenes drama between series creator Dan Harmon and Chase made headlines, Harmon was ousted as showrunner and the show was moved from its Thursday timeslot to Fridays. However, "Community" never got to premiere in its intended timeslot. NBC announced it was holding the show until February where it will replace "30 Rock" after the Tina Fey comedy ends its seven-year run.

"Community" Season 4 premieres Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m. EST.

'Community' Season 4