UPDATED: The creator of Modern Family is following the lead of filmmaker Judd Apatow and fellow showrunner Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) by condemning the news division of the very company he works for.
In one of several tweets Monday and today, Levitan — the Emmy-winning creator of the ABC comedy — said he was joining MacFarlane in saying “I’m disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with Fox News. This bullshit is the opposite of what #Modern Family stands for.” Modern Family is produced by the TV division of 20th Century Fox, which owns Fox News.
The day before, MacFarlane, who created the Fox-owned Family Guy as well as The American Dad and The Orville, directed his ire toward Fox News’ anchor Tucker Carlson, who said on a recent broadcast that “if you’re looking to understand what’s actually happening in this country, always assume the opposite of whatever they’re telling you on the big news stations.”
This is what MacFarlane had to say via Twitter: “In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain.” He then went on to reportedly donate $2 million to National Public Radio and $500,000 to L.A.’s NPR membership station, KPCC.
See more below (and how Levitan ultimately agreed with his assessment).
MacFarlane’s tweets over the weekend prompted Apatow, who once produced comedies for 20th Century Fox TV, to take it one step further and call upon Fox showrunners and actors to boycott Fox News, aka the “propaganda arm of this evil administration.” Apatow is particularly inflamed about the channel’s coverage of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy at the border.