Much-in-demand Chris Pratt insisted today he never thought about leaving NBC’s soon-to-end comedy series Parks and Recreation. “I would never f*cking leave this show,” Pratt told TV critics Friday at TCA Winter Press Tour. “We’re all leaving now,” cast member Aziz Ansari broke it to Pratt. The show ends its seven-season run on February 24. Pratt feigned surprise.
After 15 years in the business, Pratt said he’s learned that relationships matter most. “I hope that I could have the good fortune of finding another group of people like this, but I don’t expect I ever will,” he said, sadly.
The panel also included exec producer Mike Schur and cast members Amy Poehler, Jim O’Heir, Adam Scott and Retta.
A question on the “troubling talk about the state of comedy” – a reference to an earlier discussion with NBC execs about the network having pretty much gotten out of the Thursday comedy business — triggered a Pratt observation about “some jackass online.”
“Screw everybody who reads comments!” Pratt said, calling “comments” a “crazy toilet bowl …you can get flushed down.” Anyone who has time to read comments should be spending more time working on writing their script, he scoffed.
“But thank you all for your support,” Poehler assured amused, if bewildered, critics.
“You guys are not some d*ckhead in f*cking Ohio,” Pratt informed them.
“Did you just read some comments?” Ansari asked Pratt, speaking for everyone in the room.
“It pisses me of,” Pratt muttered. “And, I don’t do that – I don’t read comments.”