Seth MacFarlane says new ‘Family Guy’ COVID-19 PSA was inspired by Fox News

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Seth MacFarlane makes his way to an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday (September 20) at the El Capitan Entertainment Center in Los Angeles.

During his interview, Seth told host Jimmy Kimmel that Family Guy’s new COVID-19 PSA was partially inspired by Fox News.

“You’ve been very critical of your own employer because the Fox network also is the parent company of Fox News,” Jimmy began. “And I guess you’re not a Tucker guy?”

“No, you know, that’s why we did this Family Guy PSA about vaccination,” Seth replied. “Because I looked around and I saw everyone else at Fox Corp doing their part to get good science out there and be responsible with their platforms. And looking down the barrel of that kind of peer pressure, I said, gosh, we’ve got to do something too.”

Jimmy responded that Fox News criticized President Biden’s mandate that employers require their employees to undergo vaccinations or weekly tests, despite Fox Corporation following the same guidelines.

“The show would be an hour if I were to go off about it,” Seth quipped.

Jimmy then aired part of the new Family Guy PSA, which includes a reference to Gal Gadot’s viral “Imagine” video. He asked whether the network had responded positively when Seth approached him to make the clip.

“Yeah, they’re very civil,” Seth said of execs at Fox. “Look, it’s two halves of the same person. It’s Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde.”

“You see on the news side, they’re obviously in their imaginary fairy land,” he continued, “and then you have the entertainment side — we gotta exist with these people, so let’s be political and make the best of it.”

Watch the full interview below!

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