Community creator Dan Harmon has been unceremoniously axed from running the fourth season of the NBC meta-comedy. However, Harmon took to his blog Dan Harmon Poops (LOL) to clear up some misconceptions, the primary one being that although he's technically being kept on as a more remote title, but that doesn't soften the blow of getting the boot as showrunner:
Why'd Sony want me gone? I I can't answer that because I've been in as much contact with them as you have. They literally haven't called me since the season four pickup, so their reasons for replacing me are clearly none of my business. You may have read that I am technically "signed on," by default, to be an executive consulting something or other... However, if I actually chose to go to the office, I wouldn't have any power there. Nobody would have to do anything I said, ever. I would be "offering" thoughts on other people's scripts, not allowed to rewrite them, not allowed to ask anyone else to rewrite them, not allowed to say whether a single joke was funny or go near the edit bay, etc... and because nobody called me, and then started hiring people to run the show, I had my assistant start packing up my office days ago."
Emphasis mine, in bold. It turns out we knew before Harmon did—he had just gotten off a plane to Los Angeles when he heard. Yikes.
It's a tough time for showrunners, especially considering the high quality of TV shows in the aughts. These guys are the new auteurs, and they just keep getting shafted (remember Frank Darabont and AMC's The Walking Dead), only Harmon seems to have gotten the axe for... well... we can't blame Matthew Weiner for this one, I guess?