Levitan's criticism of Fox News was echoed by three other influential television and movie producers and creators amid a growing outcry in the United States and overseas over a policy to separate immigrant children from their parents who cross the USA border illegally. "Just blindly obey Fox News" MacFarlane wrote Saturday in response to a tweet from CNN's Brian Stelter, who quoted Carlson's plea.
The biggest rebuke came from "Modern Family" showrunner Steve Levitan, who announced Tuesday that he will be "setting up shop elsewhere". "This is fringe shit, and it's business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company".
Levitan later backtracked, expressing respect for senior Fox group executives Peter Rice, Dana Walden and Gary Newman. He then went on to condemn the company and Fox News.
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Feig wrote on Twitter that while he loved those working in the movie and TV divisions of Fox, "I too can not condone the support their news division promotes toward the immoral and abusive policies and actions taken by this current administration toward immigrant children".
In a tweet Monday, 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". Who has a movie, TV show, sporting event, news show at Fox? Variety just shared a statement provided by his agent, UTA's Jay Sures: "I have great respect and admiration for Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Peter Rice, and everyone at 20th Century Fox Studios who have all treated me so well for nearly 2 decades".
Judd Apatow, the producer and writer behind "Knocked Up" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin", also has criticized the news channel on Twitter - and called on others in the entertainment industry to speak out against it. "But I too can not condone the support their news division promotes toward the immoral and abusive policies and actions taken by this current administration toward immigrant children". "This bulls**t is the opposite of what #ModernFamily stands for". On her show Monday, Ingraham compared the ICE detention centers used to house migrant children separated from their parents to "summer camps".