Hollywood stars 'embarrassed' to work for Fox after Fox News coverage of immigration

  • Fox-associated creators have spoken out against Fox News and its parent company over Fox News' coverage of President Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy that separates children from their families who are crossing the border. 
  • Judd Apatow and Steve Levitan quickly followed Seth MacFarlane in condemning Fox.
  • On Tuesday, Ben Wexler and Paul Feig joined in, as well.

It started with a Seth MacFarlane tweet condemning 20th Century Fox and Fox News.

But more people who are currently or formerly associated with Fox are joining the sharp rebuke of the conservative news network and its parent company for the network's defense of the Trump administration and its immigration policies. They include Judd Apatow; "Modern Family" co-creator Steve Levitan; Ben Wexler, who has produced multiple Fox TV shows; and "The Heat" and "Spy" director Paul Feig.

MacFarlane, the creator of Fox broadcast network's "Family Guy," tweeted on Saturday that he was "embarrassed to work" for Fox. The comment was in response to CNN's Brian Stelter, who tweeted that Fox News host Tucker Carlson told his viewers not to believe other news outlets. 

MacFarlane quoted Stelter's tweet 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 s---, and it’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company."

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Seth MacFarlane attends the 2018 Fox Network Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 04: (L-R) Actors Seth Green and Mila Kunis, creator/executive producer Seth MacFarlane, executve producer/showrunner Rich Appel, executive producer/showrunner Alec Sulkin of the television show Family Guy speak onstage during the FOX portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 4, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Seth MacFarlane attends the 2018 Fox Network Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: (L-R) Seth MacFarlane, Fox TV Group Chief Gary Newman, actress Rachelle Lefevre, CEO of Fox Television Group at Twenty-First Century Fox Dana Walden, and actor Russell Hornsby attend the 2018 Fox Network Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 18: Actor/singer Seth MacFarlane visits Build to discuss his fourth studio album 'In Full Swing' at Build Studio on December 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden, Richard Appel, Seth MacFarlane and Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Gary Newman attend the FOX Fall Party at Catch LA on September 25, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Actor/director Jon Favreau (L) and actor/writer/director Seth MacFarlane attend the 53rd Annual Cinema Audio Society Awards at Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza on February 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
THE ORVILLE: L-R: Seth MacFarlane and Adrianne Palicki in the 'If the Stars Should Appear' episode of THE ORVILLE airing Thursday, Sept. 28 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 15: Katie Holmes and Seth MacFarlane chat with James Corden during 'The Late Late Show with James Corden,' Thursday, December 15, 2016 (12:35 PM-1:37 AM ET/PT) On The CBS Television Network. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
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Levitan quoted MacFarlane's tweet on Sunday and said, "I couldn't agree more." Levitan's "Modern Family" is produced by 20th Century Fox's TV division.

Levitan then "officially" joined MacFarlane on Monday in condemning Fox, tweeting that he was "disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do" with Fox News.

He later tweeted that conservative commentator Ann Coulter was "the face of pure evil" after she falsely referred to immigrant children being separated from their parents at the border as "child actors" while appearing on Fox News.

Apatow also spoke up on Monday. Apatow, the director of comedy hits like "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up," said that he hasn't worked at Fox since 2002, likely referring to the comedy series he created called "Undeclared," which lasted one season on the Fox network. He then went on to condemn the company and Fox News.

"That family [the Murdochs] promotes evil ideas and greed and corruption. We all choose who to work with. I understand why that is easier for some than others but many powerful people are powerful enough to speak up to their bosses at a moment like this," Apatow replied.

Since then, Apatow has been on a Twitter spree, condemning Fox for its coverage of President Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy in tweets and retweets. 

"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.

He also tweeted "Michael Tammero at Fox News is assisting kidnappers (The President and his administration) who are holding children for ransom. Who is he to criticize anyone? He IS the problem."

Producer Ben Wexler condemned Fox News on Tuesday, tweeting, "I’m starting to think trump could kill five (not six) million Jews and Fox News would be like 'Okay STOP with the Hitler comparisons!!'"

Wexler served as a producer on Fox TV shows "The Good Guys" and "The Grinder" as well as "The Comedians," which aired on Fox-owned network FX. He also produced Netflix's fourth season of "Arrested Development," which originally aired on Fox. 

Paul Feig also chimed in on Tuesday. Feig directed 20th Century Fox movies "The Heat" and "Spy."

Feig tweeted, "I have made two films for 20th Century Fox and love the people in the movie and TV divisions. But I too cannot condone the support their news division promotes toward the immoral and abusive policies and actions taken by this current administration toward immigrant children."

As more and more Fox-associated creators speak out against Fox News, the question is whether it will eventually lead them to seek work elsewhere.  

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Raymondville, UNITED STATES: A futuristic USD 65 million tent city designed to hold about 2,000 illegal immigrants is pictured 10 April 2006 in Raymondville, Texas. The newly-constructed barbed-wire enclosed camp in the Rio Grande Valley will hold illegal immigrants for weeks to years until they can be returned to their home countires by US officials. AFP Photo/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under a new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration, are being housed in tents next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, U.S. June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under a new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration, are shown walking in single file between tents in their compound next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, U.S. June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under a new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration, are being housed in tents next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, U.S. June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under a new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration, are shown walking in single file between tents in their compound next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, U.S. June 18, 2018. Picture taken June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake
The inside of a dormitory at the Tornillo facility, a shelter for children of detained migrants, is seen in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in Tornillo, Texas, U.S., June 14, 2018. ACF/HHS/Handout via REUTERS Picture taken June 14, 2018. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under a new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration, walk in single file between tents in their compound next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, U.S. June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under a new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration, are shown walking in single file between tents in their compound next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, U.S. June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake
The Tornillo facility, a shelter for children of detained migrants, is seen in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in Tornillo, Texas, U.S., June 14, 2018. ACF/HHS/Handout via REUTERS Picture taken June 14, 2018. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under a new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration, are being housed in tents by the Department of Homeland Security next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, U.S. June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under a new "zero tolerance" policy by the Trump administration, are shown walking in single file between tents in their compound next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, U.S. June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake
The Tornillo facility, a shelter for children of detained migrants, is seen in this photo provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in Tornillo, Texas, U.S., June 14, 2018. ACF/HHS/Handout via REUTERS Picture taken June 14, 2018. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
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