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Seth MacFarlane Remembers ‘Angry Call’ From Jon Stewart

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Oct. 5 2011, Published 9:30 a.m. ET

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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane tells Piers Morgan Wednesday that TV personality Jon Stewart placed "an angry call" to him over a joke on his animated show, that knocked Stewart for working through the 2008 writer's strike, and has the video clip.

"It is incumbent upon people in a certain position to stand up for the people who haven't made it yet," MacFarlane, who was admittedly "measured" with his words, explained as his rationale behind the dig at Stewart.

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"I do think he was wrong not to shut his show down," the 37-year-old animator said. "I disagree with his actions there, but... the gag we did on Family Guy was coming from the right place, but so over-the-line in its ruthlessness, it could have been measured better in his execution."

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Despite the contentious chat, MacFarlane said his high respect for Stewart is essentially what led to the bit in the first place.

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"He's an important voice for the sphere of rational thought that exists less and less in this country... which is why I was frustrated," he said, noting Stewart's "the good guy" and "the guy who should be standing out there with us.

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"I was frustrated," he said, "and that was my beef."

The full interview airs on Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN Wednesday at 9 pm ET/ 6 pm PT.



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