Steve Levitan, one of many co-creators of Modern Family, stated that he plans on parting methods with manufacturing firm 20th Century Fox in protest towards Fox News and their protection of Donald Trump’s immigration policies.
“I look forward to seeing #ModernFamily through to the end and then, sale or no sale, setting up shop elsewhere,” Levitan tweeted Tuesday afternoon. (Although Modern Family airs on ABC, it’s produced by 20th Century Fox.)
Levitan despatched out a sequence of tweets Monday night time and Tuesday afternoon after Judd Apatow called for Fox employees and showrunners to talk up concerning the information division’s protection of Trump’s controversial immigration insurance policies. (Both Fox News and 20th Century Fox are a part of the 21st Century Fox media empire.)
Since April, no less than 1,995 immigrant children have been separated from their mother and father and households due to the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance coverage. Trump has incorrectly acknowledged that the coverage was created by Democrats, and members of each political events have condemned the policy.
“Fox Studio has been a wonderful home for most of my career – so many amazing people there who share the concerns about @FoxNews but aren’t in the position to speak out,” Levitan wrote on Twitter.
“I’ve no drawback with fact-based conservatism (similar to WSJ), however @FoxNew’s 23-hour-a-day help of the NRA, conspiracy theories and Trump’s lies will get tougher to swallow daily as I drive onto that lot to make a show about inclusion.”
While Levitan stated he plans on leaving the corporate after Modern Family goes off the air, Fox News will not keep part of the 21st Century Fox group for for much longer. Disney and Comcast are competing to buy the corporate, which implies that within the subsequent 12 months, 20th Century Fox, which produces Modern Family, amongst different TV reveals, shall be separated from Fox News. (Fox News, the Fox community, and the sports activities channels will type an organization known as New Fox, nonetheless run by Murdoch.)
After he wrote his tweets, Levitan launched a press release that appeared to provide him extra room.
“I have great respect for Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Peter Rice, and everyone at 20th Century Fox Studios who have all treated me so well for two decades,” Levitan stated in a statement to the New York Times. “For now, I will take some time to see where those people land, and at that point, make a decision about my future.”
BuzzFeed News has reached out to representatives for Levitan for additional remark. A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox stated the corporate had no remark.