Could there be trouble ahead for Family Guy and The Orville? All depends on just how serious Seth MacFarlane is about the tweet he made yesterday about being embarrassed to work for the network in response to a commentary by Fox News host Tucker Carlson. This isn't the first time he's criticized the network, but this may be the most aggressive.
The writer/actor retweeted a post by CNN's Brain Stelter that called Carlson out for telling his viewers to "always assume the opposite of whatever they're telling you on the big news stations."
MacFarlane retweeted Stelter and said:
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. This is fringe shit, and it's business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company.
As of now the post as almost 30,000 likes and almost 7,000 retweets. Comments on his post range from people suggesting he move to a streaming service to others telling him to stick to comedy.
It's impossible to say how serious MacFarlane is with his tweet, but at a time when streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and Apple are swooping in and grabbing creators left and right, this may signal that the door is at least open. And this is at a time when Fox is dealing with selling studio assets to either Disney or Comcast… which means that once a deal is done, MacFarlane's overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV will no longer be under the same umbrella as Fox News. And that deal expires in 2019.