'Community' Star Jim Rash Harmon Firing Had Zero to Do with Chevy Feud

5/20/2012 8:35 AM PDT

'Community' Star Jim Rash -- Dan Harmon's Firing Had Nothing to Do with Chevy Feud


"Community" creator Dan Harmon's firing from his own show came shortly after his very public view with Chevy Chase -- but fellow cast member Jim Rash says one thing has nothing to do with the other. 

Our photog caught up with Rash -- who plays Dean Pelton on the show and won an Oscar earlier this year for co-writing "The Descendants" -- outside a theater in Hollywood last night. He told us that the cast "couldn't love him more" and the decision to not re-new Harmon's contract was totally out of their hands.

Harmon blogged yesterday that he heard the news the same way everyone else did ... and never even spoke to the people at Sony (who produce the show).