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Dan Harmon Apologizes for Treating Female Community Writer "Like Garbage"

The duo had a lengthy Twitter exchange about the accusations

Keisha Hatchett

Communitycreator Dan Harmon has apologized for his inappropriate behavior towards writer Megan Ganz, who worked on the NBC comedy for three seasons.

The two shared an extremely candid exchange on Twitter regarding how Harmon treated Ganz "like garbage" that was sparked by Harmon'tweeting that 2017 was the "Year of the A--hole. Myself included" on New Year's Eve. "Care to be more specific? Redemption follows allocution," Ganz responded on Tuesday, kickstarting the public dialogue between the two.

In a series of tweets, Harmon told Ganz he is "deeply sorry" about "the lines [he] crossed" in their relationship. The showrunner continued that he is "filled with regret and a lot of foggy memories about abusing my position, treating you like garbage." Harmon then asked how he could rectify his actions, saying that he'll let Ganz call the shots moving forward. "Til then, at least know I was an awful boss and a selfish baby," he added.

Ganz responded by telling Harmon that it isn't her responsibility to repair the damage his actions caused. "I wish my memories were foggier. I wish there was a way to fix it. It took me years to believe in my talents again, to trust a boss when he complimented me and not cringe when he asked for my number," she tweeted. "You want relief? So do I. I want to watch the first episode of television I wrote again without remembering what came after. Figure out how to give me that relief and I'll return the favor."

Ganz joined Community as a writer in Season 2, but left for Modern Familyafter Season 4. She wrote such memorable episodes as "Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking," "Basic Lupine Urology" and "Advanced Introduction to Finality."

Harmon is now showrunner of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty. He recently spoke out against fans who were harassing several of the show's newly-added female writers , saying he "loathed" them.

In tweets on Wednesday, Harmon told Ganz that since working together, he has "kept a wall between me and coworkers and I have preached doing so as gospel because of how I treated you." In response, Ganz explained that walls are not the answer, particularly when they are only put up between female coworkers. She added that she does appreciate Harmon's attempt to make amends and is working towards forgiving him, "for my benefit more than yours."

"But I can offer this," Ganz concluded. "It's good to recognize power dynamics, but it's also good to recognize you're no different from those you employ. You're not a king on a hilltop, nor a beast in a labyrinth. Isolation isn't always best. Connection breeds empathy. Empathy allows growth."

See the Twitter exchange in its entirety below.