More comedy producers are following Seth MacFarlane’s lead by bashing Fox

“Let me officially join @SethMacFarlane in saying I’m disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with @FoxNews."

Seth MacFarlane in May 2018. –Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Over the weekend, “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane (a Connecticut native and Rhode Island School of Design alum) tweeted that he was “embarrassed” to work for Fox because of “fringe s***” that aired on Fox News.

Now other comedy producers in film and television who have worked with 20th Century Fox are following suit.

Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up,” “The 40-Year Old Virgin”), Paul Feig (whose movies “The Heat” and “Ghostbusters” were filmed in Boston), and Steven Levitan (“Modern Family,” “Just Shoot Me!”) all voiced their dissatisfaction with Fox News on Twitter this week.

Levitan, whose Emmy-winning smash hit “Modern Family” airs on ABC but is produced by 20th Century Fox, voiced his support for MacFarlane in a Monday night tweet while criticizing comments by Fox News host Laura Ingraham. On her show Monday, Ingraham compared the ICE detention centers used to house migrant children separated from their parents to “summer camps.”


“Let me officially join @SethMacFarlane in saying I’m disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with @FoxNews,” Levitan wrote. “This bull**** is the opposite of what #ModernFamily stands for.”

On Tuesday, Levitan said in a tweet that once “Modern Family” concluded its run, he would end his relationship with Fox, and would be “setting up shop elsewhere.”

However, Levitan backtracked in a statement issued to several trade publications, including Deadline.

“I have great respect and admiration for Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Peter Rice and everyone at 20th Century Fox TV studio who have all treated me so well for almost two decades,” Levitan said, per Deadline. “For now, I will take some time to see where these people land, and at that point I will make a decision about my future.”

In several tweets, Apatow, who last worked with 20th Century Fox on the short-lived series “Undeclared,” criticized Fox’s owners, the Murdoch family, and said that every Fox employee has to reckon with whom they work for.

“People don’t want to deal with the fact that when you work for any part of Fox you are supporting a family which has made billions lying and manipulating our citizens for their personal financial gain,” Apatow tweeted Tuesday morning. “Now that includes supporting the kidnapping of children. That’s your boss.”


Apatow also tweeted that he believes that those in the entertainment industry could foster change by amplifying their criticisms, saying, “If EVERY Fox Star and show runner said this policy was evil and protested to the Murdoch family it would make a huge difference in this national debate.”

Filmmaker Feig voiced his concerns, as well.

“I have made two films for 20th Century Fox and love the people in the movie and TV divisions,” Feig tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “But I too cannot condone the support their news division promotes toward the immoral and abusive policies and actions taken by this current administration toward immigrant children.”

MacFarlane, who kicked off the producers’ show of dissent by criticizing Fox News host Tucker Carlson for telling viewers to “always assume the opposite of whatever they’re telling you on the big news stations,” followed his social media statements by donating $2 million to NPR and $500,000 to its Los Angeles affiliate KPCC, according to Deadline.


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