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October 4th, 2011
04:57 PM ET

Seth MacFarlane's little known "beef" with Jon Stewart: "He was wrong not to shut his show down" during writer's strike

"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane is a guest on "Piers Morgan Tonight" on Wednesday at 9pmET/PT for the hour, and he talks about the 2012 election, his 9/11 connection and more. He also talks about the little known "beef" he has with Jon Stewart. It goes back to the 2008 writer's strike – something he's "never told." "It was an angry call," MacFarlane tells Piers Morgan of Stewart's response to a "Family Guy" joke. "I do think he was wrong not to shut his show down. I disagree with his actions there."

MacFarlane says Stewart should have supported those who were striking. "It is incumbent upon people in a certain position to stand up for the people who haven't made it yet," he says. Watch the full interview Wednesday at 9pmET/PT.

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  1. donna

    and i am here and watching cnn.. i will see you i don.t lose th u s

    October 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Alice

    Okay, I agree with Seth MacFarlane to an extent BUT Jon did support the WGA strike. He's given interviews about it and talked about it on his show. He just made the decision to go back on air because of the staff and crew who weren't getting paid while the show was off. Like a number of other shows.

    October 4, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Troy

    Are you kiding me.. This interview is a bunch on BS I will never watch your show again. What A bunch of CRAP. What a new low for CNN as well as you Piers!

    October 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • caulfield

      Calm down.

      October 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Christopher

        here:But with headlines sreiamcng of bullying in our schools I think it’s dangerous to teach our kids anything other than absolute acceptance of themselves and of each other.Am I supposed to conclude that I should be raising my children with beliefs that are different from mine. That is really offensive!What's next? Kids get bullied for being fat, should I not encourage my child to ear right and exercise or do we run our parenting decisions by the BabyCenter editorial board for a final verdict.

        May 20, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Patricia

        Topher, you raise a really imnotrapt point, the loss of male non parental relationships for kids. There are three great guys at my children's after school care. They are energetic, polite, fun, and always speak to me. I try to let them know how much I appreciate them and to encourage them for what they are doing. Same thing with the other fathers and older kids at our church.Let me do the same for you, keep at it dude. Your positive relationships with kids are imnotrapt for the children and imnotrapt for our whole culture. Thanks man, your taking the time and effort is part of the solution.Trey

        September 8, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
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  4. Doc

    Joel bobbled the ball on the death penalty. He just says what people want to hear. Shame on you Joel.

    October 4, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      Piers, you are a complete idiot. Your questions are so condecending. What a typical Liberal you are.
      I see you like the Occu-Tards too.
      You are a true foreigner in the US with that stupid english language. Why don't you talk a normal and
      decent english and start being nice to people and stop doing what your slave master tells you to say !
      You know your slave master is that criminal from Europe who runs the media -, SOROS. Obama's friend.
      What a crappy program you have !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 26, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • rose macaskie.

      doc, do you think that seth mcfarlane approves of the death penalty and pretends not to for me it is impossible to believe anyone wants the death penalty. Do you know somthign about seth mcafarlene wothers dotn know or is it hard for you to believe anyone you like would be against it. rose macaskie madrid.

      December 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mookie

    The people on the left have to call out other people on the left – this is what separates the progressives from the conservatives. McFarland was right to call Stewart out on the strike – Stewart did not support the strike. There are other issues that Stewart will not even address such as the Israeli treatment of Palestinians that should be addressed by other progressives.

    October 4, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Facts please

    It was well known that Stewart opened his shop to the union long completely willingly. It's also known that he *did* shut the show down because as a viewer, I did not see them on the air until about two weeks before the strike. And that there were segments when the show restarted (to keep his producing/camera staff from losing everything) where he actually did segments with his own writers on strike. Then part of the resolution of the strike was that he and his producers would be considered part of the union. Seth McFarlane probably has more of an issue with Stewart's politics, than what happened on the strike. Because the facts don't bear McFarlane out. And mookie – Stewart *has* covered the palestinian/israeli issue – which you would know if you watched the program.

    October 5, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chief

      If you are looking for facts, listen to the interview again. Morgan states twice that the episode in question was a live broadcast during the strike. Oops... I think that was a fact coming to bite you...although you would not recognize it.

      October 7, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
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      June 30, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
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  7. Behonest

    First time check out 'Morgan' to see what his show is all about. Is that the kind of show he is running on CNN these days? He is not interviewing, he is trying to dig up a debate which has already been made amends from both side. Morgan acts like a bully in this case by using Seth's disadvantage. I really thought you had something good going on Morgan. Sad sad show indeed!

    October 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. jcalton

    Just look at the teaser stories up top. They are all about conflict and gossip. It tells you everything you need to know about whether this show is intended to be informative or a ratings grab.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. LaLa

    In defense of Jon Stewart (though I do love Seth MacFarlane so) his writers WERE on strike during the tapings of those shows during the weeks of the wrtier's strike. I was friends with a (part-time) worker on the show and we would watch the show to see how funny or unfunny the content was and were always disappointed. As much as I admire and adore Jon Stewart, he certainly doesn't do it alone and supported his writers for fighting for a just cause. If you go back to those shows you can see a marked difference in quality. The day the writers returned the show was back to its old self and hilarious once more. Which gave me a whole new appreciation for the amazing work his writers do. He was contractually obligated to do his job – it's a job and someone has to fill the hours. He wasn't being disrespectful or flippant at all. I admit I don't know which bit on Family Guy to which Mr. MacFarlane was referring but I'm actually surprised Jon was that angry about it... very interesting in all.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • rose macaskie.

      I think I touched the report abuse button instead of the reply button.
      La La, I liked Jons show while the writers were away. Don't want to do for his writers or anything but I was proud of him for being so good without the writers.
      Seth MCFarland did not seem to have been the one to bring this up, it was Piers, spoiling for a fight I suppose or wanting to scare jon stewart off something or other. Piers has some good socially responsable shows and some touches of your pushy shovey scandal reporter, I hope he comes out on the first side more and more often, he is really good on justice and beign anti those who ride over others rough shod, those who shove too much, when that side of him is foremost.
      I dont much like Piers attacking Jon, Jon has fought a lot of important battles for humanity, for the islamic world for example, Piers does not touch his shoe laces yet, has a long way to go to do so. To attack the usefull is irresponsible, maybe it keeps them going though.
      Don't complain about his accent, think how often the English have to listen to American accents with the American supremacy in films being what it is. I am so used to an American accent that I cant hear the difference any more. I cant believe anyone finds Piers accent different from the American ones, not from the American newscasters accent anyway. rose macaskie madrid.

      December 4, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    Why did you not tear apart SETH MCFARLAND and see what the hell he is doing with the 100 million he makes
    every year?????? You two faced liar. Instead you attack JOEL and his Wife when they make only 18 million a year.
    You are such a total idiot. Liberal Occu-Tard,

    November 26, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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