Seth MacFarlane is an extremely rich man because people love his show about an overweight cartoon oaf with a butt for a chin from Rhode Island and his talking dog and the baby that sounds like Oxford’s top professor of bowties. Seth is also outspoken, and he recently took a swing at Fox News on Twitter. Seth happens to collect paychecks from Fox, so some smelled a hot stink of hypocrisy. Seth must have smelled what the rest of us smelled, because he recently put his money where his mouth was and donated to NRP.
On Saturday, Seth responded to a tweet saying that Fox News’ Tucker Carlson had advised viewers not to believe anything they hear or see on a rival networks’ news program about the separation of immigrant families and to believe that Fox News is always telling the truth. Seth tweeted in part, “This is fringe shit, and it’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company.”
Seth has created four television shows with Fox Entertainment, with two currently airing (Family Guy, and The Orville). According to the internet, Seth is worth $250 million. He’s now $2.5 million lighter.
According to Deadline, Seth believes so much in the idea of an educated and informed public that he donated $2 million to support NPR’s Collaborative Journalism Network. Seth also donated $500,000 to NPR’s membership station in Los Angeles, KPCC, which happens to be the top news distribution for NPR content in Southern California.
Seth isn’t the only person to have made money from Fox to speak out against Fox News. On Monday, Judd Apatow (who created two television shows for Fox) urged Fox showrunners and creators to speak out.
If EVERY Fox Star and show runner said this policy was evil and protested to the Murdoch family it would make a huge difference in this national debate. https://t.co/9Jo0ktbFPT
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) June 18, 2018
I have nothing bad to say about Seth’s donation to NPR, because I can never hate on a big check written out in the name of good. But I wonder if NPR will offer Seth a free gift to say thank you for his donation, as they sometimes do. $2.5 million is worth more than a tote bag or coffee mug. I’m fine with whatever they choose, except if they say thank you by letting him host an hour of Fresh Air as Peter Griffin, in which case I’m turning it off.