LOS ANGELES -- The NBC series "Community" will finish the season without Chevy Chase.
Sony Pictures Television said Wednesday that the actor is leaving the sitcom by mutual agreement with producers.
His immediate departure means he won't be included in the last episode or two of the show's 13-episode season, which is still in production.
Chase had a rocky tenure playing the bored and wealthy Pierce Hawthorne, who enrolls in community college. The actor publicly expressed unhappiness at working on a sitcom and feuded last year with the show's creator and former executive producer, Dan Harmon.
The fourth-season premiere of "Community" is Feb. 7, when it makes its delayed return to the 7 p.m. Thursday time slot. The cast includes Joel McHale and Donald Glover.