Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

'Modern Family' creator joins Judd Apatow, Seth MacFarlane in condemning Fox News

'Modern Family' creator joins Judd Apatow, Seth MacFarlane in condemning Fox News

Hollywood producers and directors have criticised 21st Century Fox and threatened to boycott the network over its coverage of the controversial United States immigration practice of separating children from their parents. His tweet was in response to a controversial Carlson segment in which the host inveighed upon his viewer to "always assume the opposite of whatever they're telling you on the big news stations".

Deadline reports that MacFarlane followed his tweet up with a hefty donation to National Public Radio, pledging $2 million to NPR and $500,000 to its Los Angeles membership station, KPCC. "It's business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company". But his agent later put out a statement saying Levitan was taking a wait-and-see attitude about that.

Co-creator Steve Levitan said he will see his hit show through to the end but then will not work with Fox again. Apatow took the message a step further, though, calling on other creators and performers who have deals with Fox News to let their voices be heard as well.

Director Judd Apatow, who made Knocked Up, Trainwreck and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, said: "Where are the Fox stars and executives speaking up?! How can you remain silent when they promote these policies?", Apatow tweeted on Monday.

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"We all choose who to work with", Apatow wrote. Fox News, along with Fox's broadcast network and sports cable channels FS1 and FS2, will be spun off into a business being called "New Fox".

A representative for Fox News did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Fox News regularly comes under attack for its news coverage, but criticism rarely makes its way back to 21st Century Fox.

"I have no problem with fact-based conservatism (such as WSJ), but Fox News's 23-hour-a-day support of the NRA, conspiracy theories and Trump's lies gets harder to swallow every day as I drive onto that lot to make a show about inclusion", he tweeted.

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Sean Hannity, the main holdover of the Fox News evening lineup, reportedly has a close relationship with Trumpincluding late-night phone calls after his show.

Seth MacFarlane attends the 2018 Fox Network Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 14, 2018 in New York City.

Meanwhile, Carlson's Fox News colleague, Laura Ingraham, found herself in a social media firestorm when she described the detention facilities where children are forcibly held away from their parents as "essentially summer camps".

Family Guy is also produced by 20th Century Fox TV for the Fox network.

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