Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Fox TV shows The Orville, a comedic homage to Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as Family Guy, and American Dad, has said he is embarrassed to be associated with the network. The comment comes after Fox News host Tucker Carlson said viewers should watch only Fox News adding, “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.”
MacFarlane called Carlson’s propagandistic statement some “fringe shit” in a tweeted response to a comment by CNN’s Brian Stelter.
“In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain. Just blindly obey Fox News,” MacFarlane said. “This is fringe shit, and it’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company.”
MacFarlane has been with the Fox network for two decades, starting with “Family Guy” in 1998.
This week, cable giant Comcast offered to buy 21st Century Fox for $65 billion, perhaps entering into a bidding war with Disney, which had previously offered $52.4 billion. MacFarlane’s creations would be included in that deal, but not Fox News, which would remain under the control of corporate boss Rupert Murdoch.
Judging from his comments, MacFarlane is probably cheering the sale, regardless of who ends up with the highest bid.