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 US border illegally. His current overall deal recently expired, and because of the Fox News outcry, Levitan is not going to renew it. "Fox Studio has been a wonderful home for most of my career", he wrote.
In a series of tweets, Apatow also laid into the network and its acting CEO, 87-year-old Rupert Murdoch.
Levitan added: "Fox Studio has been a wonderful home for most of my career - so many unbelievable people there who share the concerns about @Fox News but aren't in a position to speak out". "This is fringe s-t, and it's business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company". On Monday, Apatow joined the burgeoning chorus of entertainers speaking out about 20th Century Fox and Fox News. He then went on to condemn the company and Fox News. "I have great respect and admiration for. everyone at 20th Century Fox TV studio who have all treated me so well for nearly two decades", he said.
MacFarlane, whose animated "Family Guy" is broadcast on Fox TV, tweeted on Saturday that he was "embarrassed to work for this company", referring specifically to its connection with Fox News.
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I don't think you have to justify it", former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said Sunday on ABC's "This Week". The government pays more than $1 billion a year to care for unaccompanied immigrant children, Sessions has said.
"Not one new person who works for Fox or at Fox has spoken up strongly about their news channel supporting ripping families apart", Apatow later tweeted.
"Modern Family", a mockumentary-style sitcom set in suburban Los Angeles, is in its ninth season and has won more than 20 prime-time Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe.
Apatow has called on "employees of all of Fox" to "speak up". (Even though some of its creators' other recent opinions seem decidedly less enlightened.) Perhaps with more creators directing negative attention toward 20th Century Fox over Fox News, other talent signed to the company will follow suit.
Levitan began expressing anger following the airing of Laura Ingraham's Fox News program Monday night, during which she likened immigrant detention centers to "summer camps" and "boarding schools", arguing that children are treated well, despite being separated from their families upon crossing the southern border. "How can you remain silent when they promote these policies?"